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Minas Tênis Clube (women's volleyball)

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Minas Tênis Clube is a Brazilian women's volleyball team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. It is part of the multi sports Minas Tênis Clube. Currently it plays in the Brazilian Superleague and the Minas Gerais state league.

Crest of Minas Tenis Clube.svg
Full name Minas Tênis Clube
Short name Minas
Founded 1935
Ground Vivo Arena, Belo Horizonte
(Capacity: 4,000)
Chairman Brazil Luiz Gustavo Lage
Manager Brazil Marco Antonio Queiroga
Captain Brazil Daniele Vianna Fagundes Ciprandi
League Brazilian Superliga
2017–18 3rd
Website Club home page



The early yearsEdit

Volleyball has been practiced in Minas since its opening, in 1937.

L'aqua di Fiori eraEdit

During the early 1990s, Minas was one of the most successful teams in Brazil. The team was second place in the 1991-92, and won the 1992-93 Brazilian League. The main players were Hilma, Ana Paula, Leila and Ana Flávia, whom also played for the Brazil women's national volleyball team.

The MRV eraEdit

From late 1990's until the season 2010/2011 the team played with the name MRV/Minas. During this period the team had noticeable performance, winning its second Brazilian Superleague championship, and also being runner-up twice.

Usiminas eraEdit

During the seasons 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 the team played under the name Usiminas/Minas. The team achieved fourth and seventh positions, respectively, in the Brazilian Superliga.

Present daysEdit

In April 2013 Usiminas announced that it would not renew the partnership. The team did not signed with any other sponsor and will play the season 2013/2014 without sponsorship, using the club's original name. In the beginning of 2014 the team signed the contract, and changed its commercial name to Decisão Engenharia/Minas. For the season 2014/2015 the team started playing under the name Camponesa/Minas. After a poor start to the season, losing the first six matches, the team signed olympic champion wing-spiker Jaqueline Carvalho, who was a free agent after missing the entire previous season due to her pregnancy, led by her, the team quickly turned its fortunes around, finishing 5th in the regular season and making to the semifinals, where they lost to Rexona-Ades. In 2015-16, despite Jaqueline's departure to SESI-SP, the team had its best season since the MRV years, finishing 3rd in the regular season, once again losing in the semifinals, this time to intrastate rival Dentil/Praia Clube.

For the 2016-17 season, the team signed american opposite Destinee Hooker on a prove-it deal. Without her to start the season, however, the tam was very inconsistent, sitting at a 3-4 record after the first 7 games. During that span, the team signed Jaqueline once again in the free agency, after she found herself without a team for months following the end of the 2015-16 season. Hooker finally debuted in a 3-2 win over Fluminense in the following game, Jaqueline debuted later during midseason. Anchored by Hooker, aided by Jaqueline and also counting on a breakout years from young players like wing-spiker Rosamaria and middle-blocker Mara, the team proceeded to win 12 of the 15 final games (including a 9-game win streak), finishing 4th in the final regular season standings. Once again, Minas found themselves defeated in the semifinals, in a thrilling 5-game series against Rexona-Sesc. Despite missing the first 7 games, Hooker finished as the 2nd highest scorer in the tournament with 404 points, beating teammate Rosamaria (who scored 403 herself) and only behind Vôlei Nestlé's Tandara Caixeta. Hooker also finished the tournament as the most efficient spiker, making the Superliga team of the year. Mara also made it, as she finished 3rd in blocks but was also the most efficient blocker of the tournament on a per play basis.






2017-2018 squad - As of September 2017

Head coach:   Stefano Lavarini

# Name Birth Height Position
1   Mara Leão 26 September 1991 1.90 Middle-Blocker
2   Carol Gattaz 27 July 1981 1.92 Middle-Blocker
3   Macris Carneiro 3 May 1989 1.78 Setter
4   Kaoane Loch 28 January 1998 1.95 Middle-Blocker
5   Laiza Ferreira 18 February 1996 1.80 Opposite
6   Luana Rabechy 26 July 1998 1.80 Setter
7   Karine Guerra 25 February 1979 1.76 Setter
8   Priscila Daroit 10 August 1988 1.83 Wing-Spiker
9   Rosamaria Montibeller 9 April 1994 1.85 Wing/Opposite
10   Sonja Newcombe 7 March 1988 1.88 Wing-Spiker
11   Natália Alves Monteiro 1 March 1997 1.80 Wing-Spiker
12   Destinee Hooker 7 September 1987 1.90 Opposite
15   Georgia Cattani 9 March 1997 1.62 Libero
16   Karoline Tormena 21 March 1996 1.86 Wing-Spiker
18   Mayany de Souza 24 November 1996 1.85 Middle-Blocker
19   Léia Silva 1 March 1985 1.60 Libero


  1. ^ "Lista de Clubes Campeões Brasileiros de Voleibol" [List of Brazilian Volleyball Champions] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  2. ^ Minas Tênis Clube. "Histórico". Archived from the original on 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 

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