FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 VOL / Volero Zürich I

Team manager Maik LINDNER
Coach Jan José DE BRANDT
Assistant coach Timothy LIPPUNER
2nd assistant coach Jan LINDENMAIR
Physiotherapist Djorde GAVRAN
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Country
  2 Karine Guerra De Souza Karine 25.02.1979 177 72 281 274 BRA
  3   Nadja Ninkovic Ninkovic 01.11.1991 193 77 307 298 SRB
  4 Kenia Carcaces Opón Carcaces 23.01.1986 190 78 322 300 CU
  7   Olesia Rykhliuk Rykhliuk 11.12.1987 196 83 316 304 UKR
  9 Jovana Gogic Gogic 31.03.1993 180 64 268 254 SRB
  L 10   Yuko Sano Sano 26.07.1979 159 54 260 250 JPN
  12 Mira Golubovic Golubovic 15.10.1976 188 72 310 290 SRB
  13   Natasa Osmokrovic Osmokrovic 27.05.1976 184 69 328 318 CRO
  14 Karla Klarić Klaric 05.09.1994 188 86 310 300 CRO
  16   Inès Granvorka Granvorka 13.08.1991 179 70 303 283 SUI
  17 Laura Unternährer Unternährer 11.07.1993 179 70 303 283 SUI
  C 18   Nneka Obiamaka Onyejekwe Onyejekwe 18.08.1989 188 74 319 301 ROU
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Volero Zurich was founded in 1973 and since then, the club has participated in the Swiss League. The club counts over 100 female members and fields eight women’s teams in different categories of the national league.

In 2003, a public company was founded to organise the women’s sports department, which sets the framework for a stronger professional club team. In 2011, Volero Zurich was created, introducing a new brand, look and feel for the department.

The club is the only team that represents Zurich in the top Swiss League as well as the European league. In March 2013, the club took double victories – winning the Cup and the Championship for the eighth time. As a result, Volero Zurich earned its direct qualification for the European Champions League for six times.

The Swiss club already played among the best European clubs for five seasons and finished fourth and fifth place several times in the Champions League.

This time, their goal is to battle for the crown of European club volleyball in the next three years with a composition of strong players that will direct their target to being a more competitive squad in the Champions League and the FIVB Club World Championship.

In addition to focusing on being part of the national and Europe’s elite, Volero Zurich is committed to supporting young talent. The female competitive division of Volero Zurich comprises of five junior elite teams (U23, U19, U17, U15 and U13). Furthermore, the Swiss club is also investing heavily on local athletes to attain medium to long-term success for the club.

Since 2010, the Swiss national team players are being coached professionally at the club during the summer, thus honing them to become key players in international competition. In this way, the club is contributing significantly to the long-term development of Swiss volleyball.


Coach profile

Before becoming a coach, Jan José de Brandt was a long-term professional player in Belgium from 1978 to 1991.

De Brandt assumed a coaching position for the Belgian women’s national team in 2005 to 2007, in both junior and elite level. The Belgina coach did an excellent job nurturing young talents on the national level and the Belgian elite developed from a spontaneously assembled new team into a European volleyball force that is able to hold its own in the long run.

Even with the short work to build-up the team, de Brandt and his team achieved a seventh place finish at the European Championship held in Belgium and Luxembourg.

He then moved to a club coaching position at CV Tenerife in 2008 and then at Fenerbahce Istanbul from 2009-2010. He led Fenerbahce to win the Turkish championship and the Super Cup as well as a silver medal at the Final Four of the 2010 CEV Champions League.

In the season of 2010-2011, he handled Azerbaijan club Igtisadchi Baku and placed third at the CEV Challenge Cup.

Jan de Brandt is married and has a son and a daughter, who are both active volleyball players. The 54-year-old Belgian studied Professional Sports Management at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2012 and is fluent in Dutch, French, German, English and Spanish.