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Stars and starlets at the Montreux Volley Masters 2014

 
 
Fasten your seat belts, 2014 Montreux Volley Masters is ready to take off! Besides host Switzerland, the long-established national teams' tournament in Montreux is featuring the best teams of the world. Favourites of the 29th edition are Olympic champions Brazil and world No. 2 the United States of America. With Japan (world No. 3), China (5), Russia (6), the Dominican Republic (8) and Germany (9), all participating nations are part of the FIVB’s top ten ranking list.

Traditionally, the coaches use the prestigious tournament in Switzerland to start their national team season. In addition to the opportunity to play against their more serious opponents in the world, they take advantage of an excellent international platform to give their younger players a chance to shine through. With the FIVB World Championship coming up later this year, the teams are gearing up for an exceptional season.

However, first of all the Montreux Volley Masters is one of the best women’s volleyball tournaments featuring the top players in the world. With Dani Lins, Adenízia, Jaqueline and Natália, world No. 1 Brazil will be undoubtedly one of the top favourites for the Montreux crown. Olympic silver medallists USA challenge their contenders with Nicole Davis, Courtney Thompson und Christa Harmotto. With Yunli Xu (China), Annerys Valdez, Brenda Castillo, Sidarka Nunez, Prisilla Rivera (Dominican Republic), Christiane Fürst, Kathleen Weiss, Maren Brinker, Heike Beier, Margareta Kozuch (Germany), the fans from all around the world may expect a high-class competition at the shores of Lake Léman.

Brazilian head coach, Zé Roberto, 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. The tournament is known for the high quality of the participating teams.”

After their promising return last year, the Swiss national team will again defend their reputation at this year’s event. After their qualification tournaments for the CEV European Championship 2015, the fancy competition in Montreux is the highlight for the young Swiss squad. The Swiss team is led by captain Kristel Marbach and opposite Mandy Wigger. “It is a dream for Swiss volleyball players participate in such a great tournament,” says Marbach. “I can’t compare this chance with any another event. We’ll do our best to confirm last year's improvements.”

The Montreux Volley Masters is starting next Tuesday, May 27. The finals are scheduled for Sunday, June 1. The spectators can look forward to an unforgettable tournament with many attractions – on and off the court!

Visit www.volleymasters.ch for schedules, results, team rosters and general information.





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