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2009 FIVB Women's Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
10 - 15 November 2009

 Press Release
Italy’s Simona Gioli named as FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup MVP

Awards (left to right): Best Blocker - Hyo-Jin Yang (KOR), Best Libero - Fabiana de Oliveira (BRA), Best Scorer - Yeon-Koung Kim (KOR), Best Spiker and MVP - Simona Gioli (ITA), Best Setter - Yoshie Takeshita (JPN), Best Server - Malika Kanthong(THA)

Fukuoka, Japan, November 15, 2009 – Italian stalwart Simona Gioli was awarded the FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup 2009 Most Valuable Player award for her key role in taking the European champions to the FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup 2009 title after Italy finished the tournament unbeaten following their 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21) victory over Japan on Sunday.

Gioli, better known as La Mama having had a baby earlier this year, was to the fore, playing a motherly role as the world number five swept all before them to claim their first FIVB title since the 2007 World Cup, also in Japan.

The 32-year-old also received the Best Spiker award and was Italy’s top scorer in the tournament (6th overall) with 68 points, 32 behind the leader from Korea Yeon-Koung Kim.

The award is the second she has received at a FIVB tournament, having also been named the 2007 World Cup MVP. 

Award Winners


Simona Gioli - Italy
Born: 17/09/1977
Number of Caps: 113

Best Scorer
Yeon_Koung Kim - Korea
Born: 26/02/1988
Number of caps: 35

Best Spiker
Simona Gioli

Best Blocker
Hyo-Jin Yang – Korea
Born: 14/12/1989
Number of caps: 33

Best Server
Malika Kanthong – Thailand
Born: 08/01/1987
Number of caps: 16

Best Setter
Yoshie Takeshita - Japan
Born: 18/03/1978
Number of caps: 251

Best Libero
Fabiana de Oliveira – Brazil
Born: 07/03/1980
Number of caps: 46

For more info: Richard Baker - FIVB Deputy Communications Director
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