Italy announce women’s national team roster
Italy coach Davide Mazzanti selected 28 players for the 2018 season
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The announcement was made on Tuesday, just over a month before the inaugural edition of the Volleyball Nations League begins on May 15.
Mazzanti divided the 28 athletes into two groups that will work in parallel and follow the same game system. The first group will compete in the Volleyball Nations League, while the second group – the national "under 2020” – will play in the Mediterranean Games.
After these tournaments, Mazzanti will reduce the line-up to 18 players that will prepare for the World Championship in Japan.
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“The main selection criterion was the athlete’s performance during the club season,” Mazzanti said. “Although the list also includes girls with little international experience, I wanted to reward them for the development they made throughout the year.
“In addition to the level of play and quality, I always demanded for the competitiveness of the athlete especially in gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The higher the level of competition and the quality of the game they play, the better.”
The team will start their first activity at the Centro Pavesi in Milan, where they will train alongside Club Italia Crai.
Cristina Chirichella will also be back this year but Caterina Bosetti will miss this year’s competitions due to an injury
Italian women’s national team roster (2018)
1. Beatrice Berti
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