AGIL Volley

AGIL Volley is an Italian women's volleyball club based in Novara and currently playing in the Serie A1.

Igor Gorgonzola Novara
Full nameSocietà Sportiva Dilettantistica Agil Volley ssd a r.l.
Short nameIgor, AGIL
Founded1984
GroundPalaTerdoppio, Novara, Italy
(Capacity: 5,000)
ChairmanGiovanna Saporiti
Head coachMassimo Barbolini
LeagueFIPAV Women's Serie A1
2016–173rd (Playoff winners)
WebsiteClub home page
Uniforms
Home
Away
2017–18

Previous namesEdit

Due to sponsorship, the club have competed under the following names:

  • AGIL Trecate (1984–1999)
  • AGIL Volley Trecate (1999–2001)
  • Asystel Novara (2001–2003)
  • AGIL Volley Trecate (2003–2012)
  • Igor Gorgonzola Novara (2012–present)

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1984 as AGIL Volley and was based in Trecate. The club name is an acronym for Amicizia, Gioia, Impegno, Lealtà (friendship, joy, commitment, loyalty) and originally it started as a youth centre designed to help youngsters develop together through sport. The project grew over the years and investment was made to a build sports complex with a beach volleyball field and a multi-purpose sports facility for volleyball, futsal and basketball.[1]

After spending its first years competing in regional tournaments, in 1989 the club started moving through the Italian lower leagues. By the end of the 1990s it was making good progress playing in the Serie A2 until it struggled in the 1998–99 season and was relegated to Serie B1. As four teams renounced to play the Serie A2 in the 1999–2000 season, the club avoided relegation. During that season a new approach was made, with head coach Luciano Pedullà opting to prepare a team of young players with professionalism and commitment to secure investment for the future. The club was promoted to the Serie A1 (highest level) at the end of the 2000–01 season.[1]

Ahead of the 2001–02 season, the club moved its base from Trecate to Novara and Asystel became its main sponsor with club being renamed Asystel Novara. In its first season at the Serie A1, the club was runner up after reaching the playoff finals. In the following season it again reached the playoff finals, finishing second. The club made its debut in European competitions by winning the 2002–03 CEV Cup.[1] At the conclusion of the season despite the two consecutive second places in the league, the European title and a guaranteed spot to play the CEV Champions League in the 2003–04 season, the club decided to focus on youth teams. It relocated to Trecate, revived its old name AGIL Volley and conceded its Serie A1 licence and the professional volleyball department to Asystel who established a new team called Asystel Volley. The licence concession meant AGIL was back to the Serie C of the Italian league.[1][2]

Ten seasons later, in 2013 the club gain promotion back to the Serie A1 and relocated to Novara.[2] In 2014–15 the club won the Italian Cup for the first time.[3] The first Serie A1 title came in 2016–17.[4]

TeamEdit

Season 2020–2021, as of February 2021.[5][6]

Number Player Position Height (m) Weight (kg) Birth date
2   Valentina Bartolucci Setter 1.70 65 (2003-02-15) 15 February 2003 (age 18)
3   Alessia Populini Outside spiker 1.74 66 (2000-10-11) 11 October 2000 (age 20)
4   Britt Herbots Outside Hitter 1.82 63 (1999-09-24) 24 September 1999 (age 21)
5   Francesca Napodano Libero 1.74 63 (1999-01-17) 17 January 1999 (age 22)
6   Elisa Zanette Opposite 1.92 84 (1996-01-17) 17 January 1996 (age 25)
7   Ilaria Battistoni Setter 1.74 58 (1996-04-22) 22 April 1996 (age 24)
8   Matilde Frigerio Middle blocker 1.81 67 (2002-04-22) 22 April 2002 (age 18)
9   Caterina Bosetti Outside spiker 1.77 66 (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 27)
10   Cristina Chirichella Middle Blocker 1.95 73 (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 27)
11   Stefania Sansonna Libero 1.75 67 (1982-11-01) 1 November 1982 (age 38)
12   Micha Hancock Setter 1.80 68 (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 28)
13   Sara Bonifacio Outside Hitter 1.86 75 (1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 24)
14   Giulia Picchi Setter 1.77 77 (2002-02-12) 12 February 2002 (age 19)
15   Haleigh Washington Middle blocker 1.90 80 (1995-09-22) 22 September 1995 (age 25)
16   Alessia Bolzonetti Outside spiker 1.88 82 (2002-02-15) 15 February 2002 (age 19)
17   Malwina Smarzek Opposite 1.91 79 (1996-06-03) 3 June 1996 (age 24)
18   Veronica Costantini Middle blocker 1.89 74 (2003-04-23) 23 April 2003 (age 17)
19   Nika Daalderop Outside spiker 1.89 72 (1998-11-29) 29 November 1998 (age 22)

HonoursEdit

National competitionsEdit

2014–15; 2017-18; 2018-19
2016–17
  •   Italian Super Cup: 1
2017-18

International competitionsEdit

2018–19
2002–03

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Storia e scopi". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 December 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tolotti, Marco (21 April 2013). "La favola di suor Giò che riporta Novara in serie A1 di pallavolo". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ "37^ Coppa Italia Serie A1: Novara scoppia di gioia, il trofeo è suo. Una grande Modena cade 3-1 dopo 2 ore di emozioni. Sold out al 105 Stadium di Rimini". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). 1 March 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Play Off Samsung Gear Volley Cup: la Igor Gorgonzola è Campione d'Italia!". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). 11 May 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Team". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Team". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Team". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Team". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team 2016-17". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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