middle blocker and team captain Karin Rodrigues had her
first major success in 1991 when she was part of the
team that won the gold medal at the Junior World
Championship in Spain. In the same year she transferred
to São Caetano club where she won the Brazil Cup.
success at club level continued the following year and
she was also part of the team (Colgate/São Caetano) that
finished fifth in the Team’s World Championship.
In 1993, Rodrigues moved to Sorocaba and one year later
won the silver medal in the Brazil Cup. She then went to
Japan and then to Peru before returning to Sorocaba in
1995, the team that won the Superliga 95/96.
In that year she was called up for the Brazilian
national team and won the World Grand Prix title. In
1997, she was in the team that finished first in the
South American Championship, first in the World
Championship qualifying tournament and third in the
Grand Champions Cup, in Japan.
Karin’s other successes include the gold medal in the
Grand Prix’98, gold in the Pan American Games’99, in
Winnipeg, and gold in the South American Championship
’99. In 1999-2000, she was champion of the Superliga,
playing for Club Rexona and was part of the Brazilian
bronze medal team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
In 2001, under the coaching of Marco Aurélio Motta,
Karin was included in the team that finished fifth in
both the World Grand Prix and the Grand Champions Cup,
as well as first in the World Championship Qualifying
Tournament and the South American Championship.
Last season Rodrigues won the silver medal in the
Supercopa dos Campeões and finished fourth in the
Superliga. Now 32, and the team’s most experienced
player, she took part in the 2002 World Championships
where Brazil finished seventh and the Montreux
Volleymasters 2003, leading Brazil to third place.
Middle-blocker and opposite hitter likes Italian food,
rock music, romantic adventure films like Braveheart and
books by prize winning Portuguese author Paulo Coelho.