Club Italia (women's volleyball)

Club Italia is an Italian women's volleyball club based in Rome, it is currently playing in the Serie A1; but it has played in the Serie A2 during season 2017/18.

Club Italia Crai
Club Italia Femminile - 2020 Logotype.jpg
Full nameClub Italia
Founded1998
GroundPalaYamamay, Busto Arsizio, Italy
(Capacity: 5,000)
ChairmanFIPAV
Head coachMassimo Bellano
LeagueFIPAV Women's Serie A2
2016–1712th in Serie A1 (Relegated to Serie A2)
Uniforms
Home
Away
2017–18

Previous namesEdit

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

  • Club Italia (1998–2016)
  • Club Italia Crai (2016–present)

HistoryEdit

The team was founded in 1998 by then Italian federation sports director Julio Velasco, in order to develop the skills of younger players in a competitive league rather than in youth leagues. The team is directly controlled by the Italian Volleyball Federation, which is entitled to put the best younger scouted players in the team. After a lot of seasons in the lower leagues of Serie B1 and Serie B2, Club Italia was automatically promoted by the Italian Federation into Serie A2 (2nd tier) in 2014 and then into Serie A1 (first tier) in 2015, avoiding relegation in its first season. Over the next two seasons, Anna Danesi, Paola Egonu, Ofelia Malinov and Alessia Orro have been called up to the Italian national team while playing for Club Italia.[1][2] At the conclusion of the 2016–17 season, the club was relegated to Serie A2.[3] The club returned to the Serie A1 in the 2018–19 season.[4]

SquadEdit

Season 2017–2018, as of September 2017.[5]

Number Player Position Height (m) Birth date
1   Terry Enweonwu Outside Hitter 1.87 (2000-05-12) 12 May 2000 (age 21)
2   Tatjana Fucka Middle Blocker 1.87 (1999-05-18) 18 May 1999 (age 22)
3   Adhuoljok John Majak Malual Middle Blocker 1.90 (2000-11-14) 14 November 2000 (age 21)
4   Rachele Morello Setter 1.82 (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 21)
5   Marina Lubian Middle Blocker 1.92 (2000-04-11) 11 April 2000 (age 21)
6   Sara Cortella Outside Hitter 1.85 (2002-02-15) 15 February 2002 (age 19)
7   Elena Pietrini Outside Hitter 1.86 (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 21)
9   Loveth Omoruyi Outside Hitter 1.82 (2002-08-25) 25 August 2002 (age 19)
10   Chiara De Bortoli Libero 1.76 (1997-07-28) 28 July 1997 (age 24)
11   Elisa Tonello Outside Hitter 1.76 (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 21)
12   Alice Turco Setter 1.78 (2000-02-04) 4 February 2000 (age 21)
13   Sarah Fahr Middle Blocker 1.92 (2001-09-12) 12 September 2001 (age 20)
15   Sylvia Nwakalor Outside Hitter 1.77 (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 22)
16   Linda Mangani Outside Hitter 1.84 (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 21)
17   Katarina Bulović Outside Hitter 1.84 (2002-02-15) 15 February 2002 (age 19)

Current coaching staffEdit

  Italy Massimo Bellano Head coach
  Italy Michele Fanni (1983-01-11) 11 January 1983 (age 38) Vice coach
  Italy Alessandro Parise (1969-12-10) 10 December 1969 (age 51) Coach assistant
  Italy Ugo Strada (1954-02-03) 3 February 1954 (age 67) Doctor
  Italy Maurizio Gardenghi (1969-04-16) 16 April 1969 (age 52) Athletic trainer
  Italy Moreno Mascheroni (1984-07-30) 30 July 1984 (age 37) Phytsiotherapist

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Storia". FIPAV (in Italian). Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Ecco il nuovo Club Italia CRAI!". Lega Pallavolo Femminile (in Italian). 21 August 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Il Club Italia CRAI lotta fino in fondo contro Monza". Lega Pallavolo Femminile (in Italian). 25 March 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Ecco il roster del Club Italia Crai 2018–2019". Lega Pallavolo Femminile (in Italian). 27 July 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Club Italia Crai Squad". Lega Pallavolo Femminile (in Italian). Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Club Italia Crai A1 femminile » Atlete". FIPAV (in Italian). Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Club Italia Crai 2016-17 Squad". Lega Pallavolo Femminile (in Italian). Retrieved 13 December 2016.

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