Barueri, Brazil, May 16, 2017 – Brazil women’s national team coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes (Ze Roberto) together with CBV volleyball director Radames Lattari, announced at a press conference on Tuesday, the list of players selected to train for the Montreux Volley Masters and the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.
The first challenge of the team this season will be the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland from June 6 to 11. The 15 players called for the competition are setters Roberta Silva Ratzke and Naiane de Almeida Rios; middle blockers Adenizia Ferreira da Silva, Ana Beatriz Silva Correa (Bia), Ana Carolina da Silva (Carol) and Mara Ferreira Leon; opposites Tandara Alves Caixeta, Edinara Brancher and Fernanda Davis Tome; outside spikers Natalia Zilio Perreira, Rosamaria Montibeller, Drussyla Andressa Felix Costa, Amanda Juliana Campos Francisco; and liberos Leia Henrique da Silva Nicolosi and Suelen Fernanda Santana Pinto.
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Gabriela Guimaraes, who was also called for the tournament in Montreux, will be out of competition due to a patellar tendon problem, but she is on the World Grand Prix list.
“We are going to have four competitions – Montreux Volley Masters, World Grand Prix, South American Championship and World Grand Champions Cup, which will close our season in September,” Ze Roberto said. “We usually call the players for each tournament because this post-Olympic year is to check and give some players a chance to show their skills, their evolution. This year we will start with Montreux.”
Ze Roberto called 24 players for the World Grand Prix. The multi-titled coach selected setters Roberta, Naiane, Juma Fernandes da Silva, Macris Fernanda Silva Carneiro; middle blockers Adenizia, Bia, Carol, Mara, Juciely Cristina da Silva Barreto, Valquira Carboni Dullius, Saraelen Leandro Ferreira Lima; opposites Tandara, Monique Marinho Pavao and Ana Paula Borgo Bedani da Cruz, outside spikers Natalia, Gabi, Rosamaria, Drussyla, Amanda, Edinara and Fernanda Tome; and liberos Leia, Suelen and Gabriella Souza.
“I talked to Gabi (Souza) and one option that was given to her was to become a libero in the national team,” Ze Roberto said. “Gabi has all the skills to make that position. She is a player who has an extraordinary personality and attitude. She has accepted the challenge.”
“For the Brazilian Volleyball Federation, it is a great pride to start another Olympic cycle with Ze Roberto as the women’s team coach,” said Lattari stressing the importance of having Ze Roberto in charge of the women’s national team. “It is always difficult to start another cycle, but Ze Roberto has plenty of experience to lead the team at this moment.”
Before the Montreux Volley Masters, the Brazilian fans will have the opportunity to see the team up close, as the team will play two friendly matches against the Dominican Republic in the city of Manaus on May 30 at 20:30 local time at the Amadeu Teixeira Arena, and in Belem on June 1 at 21:30 at the Guilherme Paraense Arena.