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  PLAYER PROFILE

Angela Gruen
 
 
Angelina Grün comes from a sporting family and both of her parents were active athletes. Her father played volleyball at national junior level. 

Now 24, Grün began playing volleyball in 1990 and six years later was in the national team. She describes herself as having a lot of fighting spirit and very ambitious. 

The World Championship in 1998 in Japan was her first major international event. She was just 18 and soon became a permanent fixture in the team. 

Since 1999 she has increasingly assumed more responsibility in the team and now is the major attacker.

Since 2001 she has played at club level for Modena in Italy, and was twice voted Volleyballer of the Year in Germany in 2000 and 2001. At the 2002 World Grand Prix in Hong Kong, where Germany was a surprise bronze medalist, Grün was second top scorer and as a tribute to her all-round ability, was listed in the top 12 of five of the other six volleyball skills. 

In May if 2003 it was announced that the 185cm "Grüni" was off to the top Italian league club Foppapedretti Bergamo, the club that knocked out Modena in the quarterfinals last season and was then eliminated in the semis. 

Born in Tajikistan, this talented wing-spiker speaks German, English, French, Russian and Italian and confesses, in perhaps a sentimental reference to her place of birth, to a love of Russian food. She describes her hobbies as reading, painting and touring cities.