Marco Bonitta: “We have to play with a lot of energy and commitment!”
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 11, 2014 – After the excitement of Monday night’s Drawing of Lots for the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, coaches of the participating teams must now turn their attention to helping their players achieve the best possible result in this year’s tournament.
Hosts and 2002 champions Italy, ranked 4th in the world, will play Germany (WR9), Argentina (WR18), Croatia (WR24), Tunisia (WR27) and one more team from NORCECA still to be defined in Pool A in Rome.
It is not a pool that worries newly appointed coach of Italy’s women’s national team Marco Bonitta too much. “I have no preferences and no favourites,” said the 50 year old coach who took Italy to their only FIVB Volleyball World Championship win in 2002. “All these teams are interesting. We got to play with them by being respectful and we have to play with a lot of energy and commitment,” he said.
“The first round will be fundamental so we will have to win a lot. The formula for this World Championship is an excellent one and I am enthusiastic about it. I think the final will be interesting and hopefully Italy will be part of it,” he concluded.
Germany’s coach Giovanni Guidetti, who earlier this month signed on to coach the women’s national team until the end of current Olympic cycle, is looking forward to the prospect of competing against the Pool A countries.
“This is a good group,” said Guidetti. “I am happy to play in the same group as Italy. This means that we will have many viewers in each game. Italy is of course very strong and the team wants to achieve something in front of their home crowd. For us the Dominican Republic is always difficult to play as is Croatia. We need to be wary of Argentina and we still have a score to settle with them from the FIVB World Grand Prix in 2013.”
Monday night’s Drawing of Lots saw two time defending champions Russia, ranked 6th in the world, face a fascinating first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014. They were drawn in Pool C to be played in Verona with Thailand (WR12), the Netherlands (WR18), Kazakhstan (WR23) and two NORCECA representatives following the completion of the Drawing of Lots at the Farnese Theatre in Parma on Monday.
A total of 24 countries were drawn across four pools for the first round of the 17th edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, which will be held across six different cities (Trieste, Milan, Modena, Verona, Rome, Bari) in Italy from September 23 to October 12.
The top 12 teams in the world ranking as of January 2014, were placed across the four pools in accordance with the serpentine system. Hosts Italy (world ranking 4) were placed in position 1 before the remaining 11 teams followed.
The remaining 12 teams were drawn across the bottom three positions of each of the four first round pools thanks to the help of Italian volleyball legend Maurizia Cacciatori in front of FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, Italy Volleyball Federation President Carlo Magri and FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 Organising Committee President Carlos Salvatori amongst other dignitaries.
In arguably the toughest group, Pool B in Trieste features Olympic champions Brazil (WR1), Serbia (WR7), Turkey (WR11), Cameroon (WR26), Bulgaria (WR35) and one team from NORCECA still to be determined.
The fourth and final first-round pool sees the 2010 World Championship bronze medallists Japan (WR3), grouped with China (WR5), Belgium (WR22), Azerbaijan (WR37) and two NORCECA teams to be played in Bari.