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VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: The one who introduced magic into setting, Maurício Lima

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A role of a setter in a volleyball team is to enable hitters to score a point by setting them the hittable ball from whatever position. That’s what setters are trained for, but not many are nor were able to do so in the way as the player who’s a synonym for this position was doing...



…Maurício Lima, also known by the nickname “Mauritius“!

Only three volleyball players in the world competed at the five Olympics. Maurício is one of them (the other two are Italian Andrea Giani and Russian Sergey Tetyukhin), starting from 1988 Soul Games. His 18-year long professional career saw the uprise of the Brazil National Team on the international arena from the 1990s to its dominance in the 2000s. Maurício was involved in two of the three gold medals overall of the “Seleção“ in the Olympics and won them in the span of 12 years which is quite rare (1992 and 2004).

Speaking of rare, this guy (now a 52-year-old) was able, unlike most of the other world’s setters in his era (but also nowadays), to turn an impossible setting situation into an easy hit for his teammates. Or even better, to turn an impossible setting situation into the pass that most setters wouldn’t be able to make even from the easiest positions. Looking back to his defensive abilities, he could have easily played libero, knowing that his saves were breathtaking.


After winning his first Olympic gold medal, in the 1992 Barcelona Games, Maurício was named Best Setter of the tournament. Later, he earned this award in the 1993 FIVB World League and the 2002 FIVB World Championship. He won the gold medal at the 2002 FIVB World Championship, at four FIVB World Leagues, and at one FIVB World Cup. On a club level, Maurício can brag to win seven titles in the home country with three different teams, two Brazilian Cup trophies, five South American Club Championships, one CEV Cup (with Italy’s Lube Macerata), and one Italian Cup with Daytona Modena. He was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2012, seven years after retiring.

Maurício is currently employed in the club from his home town Campinas, the Superliga members Vôlei Renata, serving as the Director of Volleyball and Public Relations. 



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Peter April 10, 2020 - 8:22 pm

Sergey Tetyukhin took part in 5 Olympics too (Sydney—Rio).

Limbs April 11, 2020 - 11:23 am

Re: @Peter
Tetyukhin also took part in 1996 Atlanta.


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