The Italian men’s volleyball powerhouse and current CEV Champions League runners-up, Itas Trentino, decided to rely on a very young pair of liberos next season.
The 2022-23 roster of Trentino will have a particularly young pair of liberos.
The latest purchase of the Champions League silver medalists is Domenico Pace, who grew up in the renowned volleyball school in Italy – BCC Castellana Grotte. The 22-year-old player signed a two-year contract, following the season he had in Serie A2 (the second division) with Kemas Lamipel Santa Croce. He returned to SuperLega after three years from his previous experience, which was in the jersey of Castellana Grotte.
Prior to Pace, Trentino brought in the 19-year-old Gabriele Laurenzano, also raised in the Castellana Grotte academy, who will undoubtedly take the place in the lineup next season. In his first experience in the SuperLega last season, which was in the Gioiella Prisma Taranto jersey, he was immediately able to stand out, finishing 2021-22 as the fourth-ranked receiver in the competition. Laurenzano was awarded Best Libero of the CEV U19 European Championship in 2020 and Best Digger of the FIVB U19 World Championship in 2021.
Pace and Laurenzano came to replace German Julian Zenger and Carlo De Angelis who went to Kioene Padova and Tinet Prata di Pordenone (second division), repsectively.