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Volero Zürich is a Swiss volleyball club based in Zürich. It has many teams (men's, women's and youth volleyball) with the women's team being the most successful and currently playing in the National League A. Since the mid 2000s, the club has also frequently participated in European competitions, most notably the CEV Women's Champions League.

Volero Zürich
Volero Zürich Logo
Full name Volero Zürich AG
Short name Volero Zürich
Founded 1973
Ground Sporthalle Im Birch and Saalsporthalle,
both in Zürich
Chairman Stav Jacobi
Head coach Avital Selinger
League National League A (NLA)
2016–17 1st
Website Club home page
Uniforms
Home
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Championships
None
2017–18

Contents

Previous namesEdit

The club have competed under the following names:

  • VBC Voléro Zürich (1973–2011)
  • Volero Zürich (2011–present)

HistoryEdit

Established in 1973 as VBC Voléro Zürich, the early success came from the men's team which won a national championship in 1977 and two national cups (in 1975 and 1978).[1]

From the late 1990s, the women's team started to progress in the national leagues arriving at the National League A (NLA), but after just a couple seasons, due to financial reasons, the club was relegated. In 2003, part of the club (female elite squad and more than 120 young volleyball talents) was professionalized by founding the independent Volero Zürich AG, and the rest of the club remained as VBC Voléro Zürich (male and youth teams).[1][2] Soon after the women's team started dominating the national league and cup, winning each on 12 occasions.[3][4] The national success allowed the club to take part in European competitions, playing the Women's CEV Cup twice (in 2005–06 and 2009–10) and the CEV Women's Champions League over ten times with a best result of fourth place in 2006–07.[5][6] The club also participated in multiple editions of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship finishing third place in 2015 and 2017.[7] The club has won the Women's Top Volley International (a minor international tournament) twice, in 2007 and in 2010.[8]

VenuesEdit

Volero Zürich AG hosts matches in two main venues, both located in Zürich:

HonoursEdit

MenEdit

National competitions
1976–77
1974–75, 1977–78

WomenEdit

National competitions
2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17

TeamEdit

Season 2017–2018, as of December 2017.[11][12]

No. Name Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block Position
1   Angelina Lazarenko (1998-04-13) 13 April 1998 (age 20) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (180 lb) 320 cm (130 in) 305 cm (120 in) Middle-blocker
2   Tiiamari Sievänen (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 (age 24) 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 60 kg (130 lb) 275 cm (108 in) 287 cm (113 in) Libero
3   Ljubica Milojević (1999-02-13) 13 February 1999 (age 19) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 70 kg (150 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 300 cm (120 in) Middle-blocker
4   Samara Almeida (1992-07-16) 16 July 1992 (age 26) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 61 kg (134 lb) 293 cm (115 in) 278 cm (109 in) Outside-spiker
5   Gergana Dimitrova (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 22) 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 288 cm (113 in) Outside-spiker
6   Gabi Schottroff (1997-02-08) 8 February 1997 (age 21) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 285 cm (112 in) Middle-blocker
7   Ana Antonijević (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 31) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 282 cm (111 in) 269 cm (106 in) Setter
8   Silvija Popović (1986-03-15) 15 March 1986 (age 32) 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 286 cm (113 in) 276 cm (109 in) Libero
11   Mira Todorova (1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 24) 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 312 cm (123 in) 300 cm (120 in) Middle-blocker
12  /  Rosir Calderón (1984-12-28) 28 December 1984 (age 33) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 330 cm (130 in) 325 cm (128 in) Opposite
13   Anastasia Kornienko (1992-09-09) 9 September 1992 (age 26) 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 290 cm (110 in) 278 cm (109 in) Setter
14   Julie Lengweiler (1998-11-06) 6 November 1998 (age 19) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 70 kg (150 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 285 cm (112 in) Opposite
17   Laura Unternährer (1993-07-11) 11 July 1993 (age 25) 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 70 kg (150 lb) 303 cm (119 in) 285 cm (112 in) Outside-spiker
18   Alexandra Lazić (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 (age 24) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 72 kg (159 lb) 318 cm (125 in) 307 cm (121 in) Outside-spiker
Head coach:   Anderson Rodrigues (until December 2017) /   Avital Selinger (from December 2017)[13]

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Vereinsportrait - Voléro - ein Zürcher Traditionsverein" (in German). VBC Voléro Zürich. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  2. ^ "VOLERO ZÜRICH - MEHR ALS NUR VOLLEYBALL" (in German). Volero Zürich AG. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  3. ^ "NLA Schweizermeister seit 1957" (PDF) (in German / French). Swiss Volley (SV). Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Swiss Volley Cup - Cupsieger" (PDF) (in German / French). Swiss Volley (SV). Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Volero Zürich - Team History". CEV. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Aus der erfolgreichen Geschichte von Volero Zürich" (in German). Volero Zürich AG. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Volero Zürich - Team Profile". FIVB. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Die Sieger in 25 Jahren topvolley". Women’s Top Volley International (in German). Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Sportanlage Im Birch". Stadt Zürich (in German). Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Sportanlage Saalsporthalle". Stadt Zürich (in German). Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Team" (in German). Volero Zürich AG. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Team Roster – Voléro Zürich 2017–18". CEV. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Selinger wird erneut Head Coach von Volero Zürich" (in German). Volero Zürich AG. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Team Roster – Voléro Zürich 2016–17". CEV. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Team Roster – Voléro Zürich 2014–15". CEV. Retrieved 14 December 2017.

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