Today, we are presenting you the teams from Group A.
PSL-F2 Logistics Manila: The hosts! The full name of this team is Philippine Superleague All-Stars, as they gathered the best players in the land to play under the same flag.
Philippine volleyball fans can look forward to seeing local heroines Mika Aereen Reyes, Alyja Dapnie Santiago and captain Rachel Anne Daquis in action. Foreign reinforcements Yevgeniya Nyukhalova, Ekaterina Krivets, and Lindsay Stalzer will help the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship debutants with their international experience.
ROSTER: Setters: Tichaya Boonlert, Kim Fajardo, Rhea Katrina Dimaculangan. Opposites: Jovelyn Gonzaga, Yevgeniya Nyukhalova, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas. Blockers: Alyja Daphnie Santiago, Mika Aereen Reyes, Ekaterina Krivets, Lynda Morales, Maika Angela Ortiz, Jeanette Panaga. Receivers: Rachel Anne Daquis, Kristy Lynn Schmieder, Stephanie Niemer, Frances Xinia Molina, Lindsay Stalzer, Honey Royse Tubino. Liberos: Yuri Fukuda, Jennylyn Reyes. Coach: Branislav Moro.
Krivets claimed silver with Dinamo Krasnodar in last year’s competition, while Nyukhalova grabbed a historic bronze medal with multiple Swiss champions Volero Zürich.
Ecacibasi VitrA: The reigning world champions! Eczacibasi VitrA won the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship 2015, when they defeated Dinamo Krasnodar in the Finals.
The Turkish powerhouse created a fierce roster for the 2016/17 season, with world-class player on every position. Thaisa Daher, Tatiana Kosheleva, Maja Ognjenović, Тijana Bošković, Jordan Larson, Rachel Adams… The starting lineup of Eczacibasi VitrA looks like the All-Star Team of the World.
Also, they are now under the command of head coach Massimo Barbolini, who won the 2015/16 CEV Champions League with Pomi Cassalmaggiore.
Put all of that together and you get a group of people who are coming to Manila to prove they are the best team on the planet.
ROSTER: Setters: Maja Ognjenovic, Nilay Ozdemir, Gizem Misra Asci. Opposites: Tijana Boškovic, Neslihan Demir. Receivers: Jordan Larson-Burbach, Tatiana Kosheleva, Gözde Yilmaz, Hande Baladin. Blockers: Thaisa Daher Pallesi, Rachael Adams, Büsra Kiliçli, Ceylan Arisan. Liberos: Gülden Kayalar Kuzubasioglu, Simge Sebnem Akoz. Coach: Massimo Barbolini.
Pomi Casalmaggiore: The reigning European champions! Pomi Casalmaggiore shocked the volleyball world in the previous season when they outplayed European powerhouses such are Dinamo Kazan and VakifBank Istanbul and claimed the title in the 2016/17 CEV Champions League.
Italian squad changed head coach over the summer. Instead of Massimo Barbollini who went to Eczacibasi VitrA, the team is now coached by Giovani Caprara, The most important thing is that the team roster is almost the same as in the previous year. The only major change is departure of Piccinini and the arrival of Lucia Bosetti.
ROSTER: Setters: Carli Lloyd, Klara Peric. Opposites: Carmen Marinela Turlea, Samanta Fabris. Blockers: Lauren Gibbemeyer, Jovana Stevanovic, Tamara Susic. Receivers: Valentina Tirozzi, Lucia Bacchi, Lucia Bosetti, Anastasia Guerra. Liberos: Immacolata Sirressi, Giulia Gibertini. Coach: Giovanni Caprara.
Rexona-Sesc Rio: The reigning champions of South America. Rexona have been the best team in Brazil for years. They won 9 domestic titles in the previous 11 years, including the last 4 championships. On top of that, Rexona are being coached by one of the best volleyball experts on the planet – Bernardo Rezende.
As far as roster is concerned, the team practically remained the same with just one major change. Natalia Pereira went to Fenerbahce, while Rexona signed Dutch star Anne Buijs.
Rexona have never won the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, although they played in the finals in 2013. Can they reach the glory this year?
ROSTER: Setters: Camilla Barreto Adão, Roberta Silva Ratzke, Mikaella Da Silva Costa. Opposites: Regiane Bidias, Monique Marinho Pavao, Heloiza Pereira. Blockers: Mayhara Francine Da Silva, Juciely Cristina Barreto, Ana Carolina Da Silva, Stephanie Cristina Apolinário Corrêa. Receivers: Gabriela Braga Guimaraes, Anne Buijs, Drussyla Andressa Felix Costa. Liberos: Fabiana Oliveira, Vitória Trindade Figueiredo Lage. Coach: Bernardo Rezende.