FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix 2012

TEAM COMPOSITION

 ITA / Italy - Team Composition

 
Team manager Federico Cristofori
Head coach Massimo Barbolini
Assistant coach Marco Bracci
Doctor Fabrizio Ferrazza
Therapist / trainer Laura Rosi
Journalist
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Sara Anzanello Anzanello 30.07.1980 193 78 316 298
  2   Cristina Barcellini Barcellini 20.11.1986 183 78 307 292
  L 3 Paola Croce Croce 06.03.1978 167 52 290 265
  4   Letizia Camera Camera 01.10.1992 175 62 285 270
  5 Giulia Rondon Rondon 16.10.1987 189 74 304 280
  6   Monica De Gennaro De Gennaro 08.01.1987 174 67 292 270
  7 Martina Guiggi Guiggi 01.05.1984 183 69 315 290
  8   Jenny Barazza Barazza 24.07.1981 188 77 300 285
  9 Caterina Bosetti Bosetti 02.02.1994 179 59 299 281
  10   Paola Cardullo Cardullo 18.03.1982 159 56 275 268
  C 11 Serena Ortolani Ortolani 07.01.1987 187 63 308 288
  12   Francesca Piccinini Piccinini 10.01.1979 184 71 304 279
  13 Valentina Arrighetti Arrighetti 26.01.1985 185 72 318 310
  14   Eleonora Lo Bianco Lo Bianco 22.12.1979 171 67 287 273
  15 Antonella Del Core Del Core 05.11.1980 180 70 296 279
  16   Lucia Bosetti Bosetti 09.07.1989 175 65 306 286
  17 Simona Gioli Gioli 17.09.1977 185 70 307 283
  18   Carolina del Pilar Costagrande Costagrande 15.10.1980 188 80 312 291
  19 Raphaela Folie Folie 07.03.1991 186 82 307 283
  20   Alessia Gennari Gennari 03.11.1991 184 68 302 284
  21 Immacolata Sirressi Sirressi 19.05.1990 175 62 284 260
  22   Giulia Pisani Pisani 04.06.1992 184 69 313 298
  23 Noemi Signorile Signorile 15.02.1990 182 74 284 265
  24   Valentina Zago Zago 21.02.1990 186 77 305 284
  25 Gilda Lombardo Lombardo 02.07.1989 183 61 305 293
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Volleyball is the most practised women’s sport in Italy thanks to recent results, including the 2007 FIVB World Cup title. Italy gained a position among women’s volleyball elite with their first Olympic qualification in 2000 where they finished ninth. Prior to that, their best performance at international level was fifth at the 1998 FIVB World Championship.

Italy first took part in the FIVB World Grand Prix in 1994 while in 2001 they reached their first continental final and a year later they picked up the ultimate honour – the FIVB Women’s World Championship title with an outstanding performance in Germany. The year 2004 saw the side finish 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 winning bronze in 2006, and 2007 was a golden year for the side as they won the European Championship and the FIVB World Cup.

In 2008 they finished fifth again at the Olympics and picked up their third bronze medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, a feat they repeated in 2010, and they also won the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. They then followed this up with victory at the 2011 FIVB World Cup to book their place at the London 2012 Olympic Games later this year.


Coach profile

After a successful playing career, which included  three World Championship titles (1990, 1994, 1998), Marco Bracci was appointed assistant coach of Italy’s national women’s team in 2006. As assistant to Massimo Barbolini, with the “Azzurre” he won two European Championships (2007, 2009), the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup 2009 and two FIVB World Cups (2007, 2011). He also took part in the 2008 Olympic Games. Regular coach Barbolini is expected back for the Olympics missing the World Grand Prix due to family reasons.