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Bonitta begins Italy's preparation for 2014 events

Coach Marco Bonitta is back with the Italian national team

Rome, Italy, May 5, 2014 – With the start of the 2014 international volleyball season coming close, Italy’s coach Marco Bonitta has called up his team to begin preparations for this year’s events.

As host of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship scheduled to take place from September 23 to October 12, Italy is keen to put in a good performance to make the home crowd proud.

The Italians will meet in San Bonifacio for a training session followed by friendly matches against the Czech Republic in San Bonifacio on May 16 and the following day in Montichiari.

But the first order of the day for the women’s national team will be the annual FIVB World Grand Prix. Finishing in third place at last year’s edition, Italy will feature in Group 1 (Pools A to I) this year. The group includes defending champions, London 2012 Olympic winners and world No. 1 Brazil, USA, Japan, China, Russia, Serbia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Korea, Turkey and Thailand. Italy are scheduled to play their first match against Japan on August 8 in Hong Kong.

Coach Marco Bonitta is back with the Italian national team, after leaving in 2006. The Italian has called up thirteen athletes, including Taismary Aguero - returning to the team after five years - Sara Bonifacio and Paola Egonu, two young athletes from Club Italia.

The following players will gather in San Bonifacio:

- Cristina Chirichella and Noemi Signorile (Openjobmetis Ornavasso)
- Valentina Diouf, Raphaela Folie, Sara Loda and Enrica Merlo (Foppapedretti Bergamo)
- Giulia Pascucci (Corpora Gricignano)
- Sara Bonifacio and Paola Egonu (Club Italia) - they will arrive on May 12
- Valentina Fiorin and Monica De Gennaro (Imoco Conegliano)
- Taismary Aguero and Valentina Zago (Pomì Casalmaggiore)- Aguero will arrive on May 6.

This year’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, which will be staged from July 25 to August 24, will feature 28 teams for the first time in its history, split into three groups, which will culminate in their own Finals. Groups 2 (Pools J to O) and 3 (Pools P to S) will start their Preliminary Round action on July 25 followed by Group 1 (Pools A to I) on August 1.


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