FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 ITA / Italy

Team manager CENTI ELENA
2nd assistant coach
Physiotherapist D'ELIA FILIPPO
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  2 Martina Balboni Balboni 29.01.1991 180 75 0 0 Foppapedretti Bergamo
  4   Letizia Camera Camera 01.10.1992 175 62 285 270 Imoco Volley Conegliano
  L 5 Chiara Scarabelli Scarabelli 08.09.1993 181 79 304 290 Rebecchi Volley Piacenza
  C 6   Alessia Gennari Gennari 03.11.1991 184 74 310 290 Unet E-Work Busto
  7 Veronica Bisconti Bisconti 27.01.1991 172 67 292 270 PRO PATRIA MILANO
  10   Raphaela Folie Folie 07.03.1991 187 73 324 300 Imoco Volley Conegliano
  11 Sara Alberti Alberti 03.01.1993 185 72 310 300 Azzurra Volley San Casciano SS
  14   Laura Saccomani Saccomani 08.10.1991 188 70 306 285 Scavolini Pesaro
  15 Laura Partenio Partenio 29.12.1991 178 60 303 280 Urbino Volley
  16   Anna Nicoletti Nicoletti 03.01.1996 193 86 306 290 Millenium Brescia SSDARL
  17 Valentina Fatou Diouf Diouf 10.01.1993 0 0 330 261 Modena
  19   Cristina Chirichella Chirichella 10.02.1994 191 79 322 304 Igor Gorgonzola Novara
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The Italian team is composed by some young stars that in this summer played with other national teams like Valentina Diouf that showed her capacities during the FIVB World Grand Prix. With her, as opposite, Anna Nicoletti that played also in the U18 and U20 FIVB World Championships.

The setters will be Letizia Camera, after her good season with Conegliano, and Martina Balboni. It's a similar situation for captain Alessia Gennari who has worked with the senior national team during the summer, growing a lot in reception.

Laura Partenio, after the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games, is an important resource in attack, while Laura Saccomani adds a touch of experience after playing some years in the Italian national leagues between A1 and A2.

As middle blockers Italy has Raphaela Folie and Cristina Chirichella. With them Sara Alberti, gold medal in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball U20 World Championship in Peru. 

In the position of libero Italy has two solutions: Veronica Bisconti and Chiara Scarabelli (captain of Italy at the FIVB U20 World Championship in Peru this year).
Coach profile

Luca Cristofani, 44, was born in Rome and has extensive experience as a coach in the Italian National Championships and the A2 league. In 2013, he was named Assistant Coach of the Italian women’s national team with Marco Mencarelli and head coach of the under-23 team.

For the last two seasons (2011/2012), he was head coach of the Peruvian national team for tournaments such as the FIVB World Grand Prix, Volleymasters Montreux, the Pan American Games and the Olympic Qualification Tournament. Previously, he was a member of the staff of the Italian women’s team at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Japan.