FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 ITA / Italy

 
Team manager Marco Miotti
Coach Marco Bonitta
Assistant coach Fabio Soli
Doctor Roberto Vannicelli
Physiotherapist Daniele Dailianis
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Indre Sorokaite Sorokaite 02.07.1988 188 84 300 280 Fenerbahce Istanbul
  2   Sara Loda Loda 22.08.1990 178 75 308 287 Foppapedretti Bergamo
  3 Noemi Signorile Signorile 15.02.1990 182 74 294 290 Igor Volley Novara
  4   Sara Bonifacio Bonifacio 03.07.1996 188 76 320 300 Igor Volley Novara
  5 Valentina Fiorin Fiorin 09.10.1984 184 82 320 310 Imoco Volley Conegliano
  L 6   Monica De Gennaro De Gennaro 08.01.1987 174 67 292 270 Imoco Conegliano
  7 Raphaela Folie Folie 07.03.1991 186 82 307 283 Liu Jo Modena
  L 8   Enrica Merlo Merlo 28.12.1988 170 60 281 262 Foppapedretti Bergamo
  9 Nadia Centoni Centoni 19.06.1981 182 63 307 291 Galatasaray Istanbul
  10   Francesca Ferretti Ferretti 15.02.1984 180 70 296 280 Rabita Baku
  11 Cristina Chirichella Chirichella 10.02.1994 195 73 314 296 Igor Volley Novara
  C 12   Francesca Piccinini Piccinini 10.01.1979 184 71 304 279 Liu Jo Modena
  13 Valentina Arrighetti Arrighetti 26.01.1985 185 72 318 310 Lokomotiv Baku
  14   Caterina Bosetti Caterina 02.02.1994 179 59 299 281 Galatasaray Istanbul
  15 Antonella Del Core Del Core 05.11.1980 180 75 302 278 Dinamo-Kazan
  16   Lucia Bosetti Bosetti 09.07.1989 175 65 306 286 Nordmeccanica Piacenza
  17 Valentina Diouf Diouf 10.01.1993 202 94 320 303 Yamamay Busto Arsizio
  18   Floriana Bertone Bertone 19.11.1992 202 80 316 300 Il Bisonte San Casciano
  19 Ofelia Malinov Malinov 29.02.1996 183 70 301 282 Brunopremi.com Bassano
  20   Stefania Sansonna Sansonna 01.11.1982 175 68 298 276 Igor Volley Novara
  21 Taismary Aguero Aguero 05.03.1977 177 69 322 300 MG Carnaghi Villa Cortese
  22   Serena Ortolani Ortolani 07.01.1987 187 63 308 288 Pomì Casalmaggiore
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

The team’s fifth-place finish at last year’s World Grand Prix preceded the return of Marco Bonitta as coach after an eight-year absence. He took over a team that won World Cup titles in 2007 and 2011 and the Grand Champions Cup in 2009. The Italians have had a good run at the World Grand Prix over the past decade, winning silver medals in 2004 and 2005 and bronze in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. But performances have dipped in the last three seasons with last year’s fifth being preceded by finishes of seventh and 10th in 2011 and 2012.

In naming his squad for this season’s campaign, Bonitta combined seasoned veterans with up-and-coming players. The idea is to remain highly competitive while giving the youngsters the exposure and experience they need to take their game to the next level. Likely to feature after a five-year absence is the much-decorated veteran Taismary Aguero, who won Olympic titles with her native Cuba at the Atlanta 1996 [non-playing] and Sydney 2000. She became an Italian citizen in 2006 and a year later was part of the Italy teams that won the World Cup and European Championship, and took bronze at the World Grand Prix.

Coach profile

Marco Bonitta returned for a second spell as Italy coach in March. During his highly successful first tenure the team won successive silver medals at the 2004 and 2005 World Grand Prix tournaments and bronze in 2006. He also led the Italians to their first ever World Championship gold medal in 2002 and to silvers at the European Championships of 2001 and 2005.

Bonitta went on to coach Poland’s women, taking them to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. As coach of Italy’s junior men’s team he won the European Championship in 2012. At club level in Italy, he led Foppapedretti women’s side to the 1999 European Champions League title. More recently he was in charge at Ravenna men’s team.