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Zé Roberto nominates strong Brazilian team

Source: CBV
The Brazilian national players had only a short break after the Superfinal and the 2014 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. As consequence, the number one of the FIVB World Ranking is heading to the Montreux Volley Masters with a mix of experienced players and national team novices.


Coach Zé Roberto nominated Natália Martins (São Caetano Esporte Clube), Angélica (Banana Boat/ Praia Clube) and Carol (Unilever) as middle-blockers, Tandara (Vôlei Amil), Andréia Laurence (Esporte Clube Pinheiros) and Monique (Banana Boat/ Praia Clube) as opposites, Ana Tiemi (Bursa B. Sehir Bld., Turkey) and Juma (Barueri) as setters, Gabi (Unilever), Natália (Unilever) and Jaqueline (Molico/Osasco) as wing spikers and Léia (Pinheiros) as libero. Further on, José Roberto Guimares will take setter Dani Lins (Sesi-SP), Fabíola (Molico Osasco), middle blocker Adenízia (Molico Osasco) and libero Camila Brait (Molico/Osasco), who couldn’t participate at the preparation as they were competing at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in Zurich with their teams, to the Montreux Volley Masters. Other famous players like Thaisa (Molico Osasco), Sheilla Castro (former Molico Osasco, new VakifBank Istanbul, Turkey) and captain Fabiana (Sesi-SP) won’t come to Switzerland as they need to take a break after the long season.


Zé Roberto, former player of the Brazilian Men’s national team and gold medallist, is happy about the atmosphere in his squad: “The team is ready and open to new ideas. They enjoy training and work and I see that they make an effort. Our first weeks and contacts were really great and we want give our best at the Montreux Volley Masters.” José Roberto Guimarães, better known as Zé Roberto, is sure that Montreux will be a big challenge for his team: “We’ve got a difficult group with Russia, China and Switzerland. The Swiss are considered as the ones with the shortest volleyball tradition of the three teams, but not less important. We need to win against Switzerland to pass the qualification.”


Further on, the Brazilian national coach sees the Montreux Volley Masters as an important start for the long season lying ahead: “Our preparation started with the presentation of the team. The FIVB Grand Prix will be a long competition and we’ve got the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship afterwards, which is our main goal this season. That’s the reason why the Montreux Volley Masters is an important indicator for us and the squad. The tournament is known for the high quality of the participating teams:”


A novice in the Brazilian national team is middle blocker Carol. The 23 years old player of Superliga champion Unilever Vôlei is happy about her first nomination to the national team: “It’s is a personal wish-fulfilment.” And Carol knows that this nomination is the consequence of a very good season: “I played well in the Brazilian Superliga this year. Nevertheless, I won’t have too high expectations as my position is really disputed. Players like Fabiana, Thaisa, Adenízia and Juciely are favourites. My goal must be to learn a lot, to improve myself and to show my work.”


On the same position as Carol plays the 29 years old returnee Natália Martins. The player of São Caetano Esporte Clube returns to the national team after two years of absence – and Natália Martins is sure to be ready to fight for a place in the roster: “I am really happy for this nomination. I believe our squad can have a big role at the Montreux Volley Masters.”


The Olympic gold medallists start on the 27 of May against Switzerland at 16.30 local. 


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