Rome, Italy, August 15, 2018 – “The initial list of players for the World Championship reflects the direction in which we have been working during the season,” said Italy coach Davide Mazzanti, who named 22 players for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.
Mazzanti announced the 22-player roster, with 14 players to be selected to take to the field in Japan from September 29 to October 20.Setters:
Carlotta Cambi, Ofelia Malinov, Rachele Morello, Alessia Orro
Middle Blockers: Cristina Chirichella, Anna Danesi, Sarah Fahr, Marina Lubian, Laura Melandri
Outside Spikers: Caterina Bosetti, Lucia Bosetti, Anastasia Guerra, Camilla Mingardi, Sylvia Nwakalor, Elena Pietrini, Miriam Sylla
Opposites: Paola Egonu, Serena Ortolani, Anna Nicoletti
Libero: Chiara De Bortoli, Monica De Gennaro, Beatrice Parrocchiale
“The basic group is the one that has been training in Rome since early July, plus some key players from our '2020' team,” Mazzanti said. “I often met with their coach Massimo Bellano and decided to reward the players who excel in training with him by including them in the line-up.
“For the same reason, Caterina Bosetti is in the list because she is putting great efforts into recovering from her injury. I appreciate her commitment and dedication.
“In our next meeting we will reduce the list to 17 athletes and from there, we will select the 14 who will compete in the World Championship.
“The performance of the players in the training sessions, the Gloria Cup in Turkey and the Montreux Volley Masters will be important.”
Fifteen players will resume training at the Giulio Onesti Olympic Training Centre in Rome from August 18 to 22, while Alessia Orro and Laura Melandri train with the National '2020' team at the Darfo Boario Terme until August 25.
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The team will compete at the Gloria Cup, where they will face hosts Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan from August 23 to 25. The team will also take part in the Montreux Volley Masters from September 4 to 9, and then conclude their preparations for the World Championship with some friendly matches with the Netherlands in Val Camonica fom September 13 to 18.
Meanwhile, the men’s team will observe a few days of rest before they resume preparations for the World Championship from August 17 to 24 in Cavalese with 16 athletes - Oleg Antonov, Simone Anzani, Michele Baranowicz, Davide Candellaro, Enrico Cester, Massimo Colaci, Simone Giannelli, Osmany Juantorena, Filippo Lanza, Gabriele Maruotti, Daniele Mazzone, Gabrieli Nelli, Luigi Randazzo, Salvatore Rossini, Roberto Russo and Ivan Zaytsev.