BCC Castellana Grotte hired a new setter, a 31-year-old Davide Quartarone. He returned to the country’s top flight after 7 years, coming from Division 2 side Mosca Bruno Bolzano.
Probably the most famous Ukrainian volleyball player at the moment, Jurij Gladyr, is the new middle blocker of Emma Villas Siena. Gladyr earned a reputation of a trustworthy MB while competing in Poland for 9 seasons before moving to Turkish Fenerbahçe in 2017/18. In 7 seasons with Zaksa Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Gladyr has won one PlusLiga title (2015/16) while he clinched three championship titles in his country prior to this. The last season, a 33-year-old player has been ranked first in his position in the league with 204 kill blocks. Emma Villas hired another middle blocker – a 24-year-old Andrea Mattei from Biosì Indexa Sora.
Diatec Trentino ended a loan of a product of their volleyball school, Lorenzo Codarin. A 21-year-old-player who shared the locker room with Simone Giannelli and Oreste Cavuto while competing for the club youth categories spent the last season in Division 2 club Centrale Del Latte McDonald’S Brescia. Trentino have also found a player to backup Giannelli next season – a veteran Nicola Daldello from Revivre Milano.
Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia made the first purchase in the summer transfer window – a 28-year-old Croatia national team captain Tsimafei Zhukouski. A Belarusian-born has spent the last season with Cucine Lube Civitanova, acting as a backup setter to American Micah Christenson. Zhukouski has just led Croatia to win the 2018 CEV Silver European League. After being a statistician and assistant coach in the club for the last 11 years, Antonio Valentini got the chance to take the reins of Vibo Valentia as a head coach. He replaced Lorenzo Tubertini who accepted the offer of Taiwan Excellence Latina. A 28-year-old Valentini is currently engaged with Italy national team in the FIVB Nations League as a statistician.
Taiwan Excellence Latina signed libero Federico Tosi who acted as a backup to Salvatore Rossini in Azimut Modena in 2017/18.
Fabrizio Gironi, who has just won the Under-18 league in Italy with Revivre Milano and was named the MVP, signed the professional agreement with the club. An 18-year-old outside hitter will compete for the place in the lineup with the French Trévor Clévenot and Canadian Stephen Maar.
Bulgaria national team outside hitter Rozalin Penchev confirmed in a statement for Plus Liga website that he will play for Sesc-RJ next season. The 2017/18 Superliga semifinalists are close to hiring one of the best opposites in the world Wallace Souza (did not renew with EMS Taubaté Funvic), and Leandro Santos „Aracajú“ (Sesi-SP).
Sesi-SP renewed with the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist Felipe Fonteles „Lipe“, veteran outside hitter Renato Russomanno, and middle blocker Gustavo Bonatto „Gustavão“. „It was a beautiful season, exciting, fun and with satisfactory results. I have lived the best moments of my career and in environments where the methodology of work remains for a long time. I’m sure we will get into the new season stronger than we finished the last one and that’s very interesting,“ Lipe said after renewing.