FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 ITA / Italy

 
Team manager Federico Cristofori
Coach Marco N. Mencarelli
Assistant coach Paolo Tofoli
2nd assistant coach Luca Cristofani
Doctor Roberto Vannicelli
Physiotherapist Mauro Proietti
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club Sel.
  1 Indre Sorokaite Sorokaite 02.07.1988 188 84 0 0 Duck Farm Chieri Torino
F
  2   Cristina Barcellini Barcellini 20.11.1986 183 78 307 292 Imoco Volley Conegliano F
  3 Immacolata Sirressi Sirressi 19.05.1990 175 62 284 260 Duck Farm Chieri Torino
  4   Letizia Camera Camera 01.10.1992 175 62 285 270 Imoco Volley Conegliano F
  5 Enrica Merlo Merlo 28.12.1988 170 60 281 262 Foppapedretti Bergamo
  L 6   Monica De Gennaro De Gennaro 08.01.1987 174 67 292 270 Robursport Pesaro F
  C 7 Martina Guiggi Guiggi 01.05.1984 183 69 315 290 Guangdong Evergrande
F
  8   Noemi Signorile Signorile 15.02.1990 182 74 284 265 Robursport Pesaro F
  9 Caterina Bosetti Caterina 02.02.1994 179 59 299 281 Molico/Nestlé
F
  10   Cristina Chirichella Chirichella 10.02.1994 195 73 314 296 Robursport Pesaro F
  11 Chiara Di Iulio Di Iulio 05.05.1985 184 65 291 278 Foppapedretti Bergamo
  12   Valentina Zago Zago 21.02.1990 186 77 305 284 Pomì Casalmaggiore
  13 Valentina Arrighetti Arrighetti 26.01.1985 185 72 318 310 Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio
F
  14   Valeria Caracuta Caracuta 14.12.1987 173 65 285 274 Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio
  15 Floriana Bertone Bertone 19.11.1992 202 80 316 300 Il Bisonte San Casciano
  16   Lucia Bosetti Bosetti 09.07.1989 175 65 306 286 Nordmeccanica Piacenza
  17 Valentina Diouf Diouf 10.01.1993 202 94 320 303 Foppapedretti Bergamo
F
  18   Carolina Del Pilar Costagrande Costagrande 15.10.1980 187 90 320 310 VakifBank Istanbul F
  19 Raphaela Folie Folie 07.03.1991 186 82 307 283 MC-Carnaghi Villa Cortese
F
  L 20   Alessia Gennari Gennari 03.11.1991 184 68 302 284 Duck Farm Chieri Torino F
  21 Valentina Fiorin Fiorin 09.10.1984 184 82 320 310 Imoco Volley Conegliano
F
  22   Valentina Tirozzi Tirozzi 26.03.1986 181 69 296 277 KGS Robursport
 C = Captain   L = Libero    Sel. = Players selected to play in the Finals.
 
Team profile

Italy, who have had their fair share of success since 2006, enter the 2013 World Grand Prix with a new coach and many new faces.

Marco Mencarelli, the former coach of the junior women’s team, is now in charge and takes over a side who won back to back World Cups in 2007 and 2011, the Grand Champions Cup in 2009 whilst managing a best result of third at the World Grand Prix in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Key players missing from the Italian squad include former captain Eleonora Lo Bianco, Francesca Piccinini and Simona Gioli while Antonella Del Core is retired. Martina Guiggi is the new skipper while powerhouse attacker Carolina Costagrande, Valentina Arrighetti and former age-group stars Lucia and Caterina Bosetti are included.

Volleyball has more female participants than any other sport in Italy, the result of a concerted effort by the Italian Volleyball Federation. Italy previously earned its position among women’s volleyball elite with their first Olympic qualification in 2000 where they finished ninth. Prior to that, their best performance at the international level was a fifth-place finish at the 1998 FIVB World Championship.

Italy first took part in the FIVB World Grand Prix in 1994 and is the sixth most successful country with two silver and four bronze medals although the world No. 4 is still to conquer the gold. In 2001 they reached their first continental final and a year later they picked up the ultimate honour – breaking the domination of Russia, Cuba, China and Japan to triumph at the World Championships in Germany. In 2004 the Azzurre finished fifth at the Olympic Games and second at the FIVB World Grand Prix. In 2005 they took silver again at the FIVB World Grand Prix before becoming European Champions in 2007.

In 2008 they finished fifth again at the Olympics and defended their European Championship title in 2009 however more recently, after all the excellent build up, Italy were disappointed to fall at the London 2012 quarterfinals (a third consecutive fifth-place Olympic finish) to Korea, ranked 11 places below them.

Italy enter the World Grand Prix after finishing fourth at the Montreux VolleyMasters.

 
Coach profile

Marco Mencarelli joined the staff of the senior women's Italy team in 2001 as assistant coach, helping them clinch victory at the 2002 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Berlin and silver at the 2001 European Championships in Bulgaria. In 2005 he led Italy to a bronze medal in the Mediterranean Games.
                                      
Since 2006, Mencarelli has coached the Italian women’s junior team and won three consecutive European Championships: France in 2006, Italy in 2008 and Serbia in 2010. He also helped his side to a fifth place finish at the last World Championship in Thailand and a gold medal at the Junior World Championship in Perù 2011