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FIVB 2010 Women's Volleyball World Championship
29 October - 14 November 2010
 

 
 CRO / Croatia - Team Composition

 
Team manager Roland Ferencic
Head coach Miroslav Aksentijevic
Assistant coach Tomo Paun
Doctor Dinko Kolaric
Therapist / trainer Vlatko Vorih
Journalist Zlatko Karlo
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  2 Ana Grbac Grbac 23/03/1988 187 64 298 288 Lokomotiv Baku (AZE)
  3   Cecilia Dujic DUJIC 6/12/1987 184 71 300 295 ŽOK SPLIT 1700
  4 Marina Miletic MILETIC 21/02/1983 180 67 290 284 Dinamo Yantar
  5   Mirela Delic DELIC 13/11/1981 188 80 284 277 VC Rabita Baku
  6 Sanja Popovic Popovic 31/05/1984 186 76 291 283 Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
  L 7   Mia Todorovic TODOROVIC 22/06/1990 169 62 278 269 ŽOK Rijeka
  8 Mia Jerkov Jerkov 5/12/1982 192 68 310 295 Bursa Buyuksehir (TUR)
  9   Ilijana Dugandžic DUGANDŽIC 17/04/1981 189 71 300 297
  12 Senna Ušic Jogunica Senna 14/05/1986 191 78 302 292 Eczacibasi Vitra (TUR)
  13   Marina Katic KATIC 1/10/1983 183 84 294 288
  L 14 Mirela Bareš BAREŠ 11/06/1982 170 60 280 270 ŽOK Cestorad
  15   Ivana Miloš Milos 7/03/1986 187 70 312 296 Agil Volley (ITA)
  17 Jelena Alajbeg Alajbeg 1/10/1989 183 75 310 300 Iller Bankasi (TUR)
  C 18   Maja Poljak POLJAK 2/05/1983 194 80 305 300 Vakifbank Gunes Sigorta
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Over the past 20 years Croatia have managed to play in every world and European competition. The most glorious moments came in the second half of the 1990s when they won three consecutive silver medals at the European Championships (1995, 1996 and 1997).

That unique and great generation, led by the likes of Irina Kirilova, Elena Chebukina, Tatjana Sidurenko, Barbara Jelic, Marija Anzulovic and Nataša Leko laid a great foundation for qualification to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. The Croatian coaches then began working with the next generation, which resulted in a great crop of youth and junior girls which was the foundation for today’s senior team.

The side has much to learn, but many believe they will also have much to offer after rigorous preparations this summer. Qualification for their first World Championship since 1998 is already a significant and impressive achievement. The manner it was done was also eye catching. Three straight set victories over Hungary, Slovakia and Belgium before going on to finish second behind Serbia in the third round of qualifying in Europe, was enough to leave the likes of Spain and Romania in their wake. A second-round place is hoped for, but the World Championships are also seen as a crucial step in the long journey towards the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Coach profile

Miroslav Aksentijevic first became Croatia coach in 2008, taking his team to qualification for that year’s European Championships.

Previously a coach at Swiss club Volero Zurich, he has coached over 400 games, 41 of which have been with Croatia.


 
 

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