Overview

Team profile

Italy

Italy were ranked fifth at last year’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix with six victories in the preliminary round that paved their way to the Finals in Omaha. They did not participate in the 2015 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup, but qualified for this year’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro by winning the Women’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan from May 14-22.

Italy have had a good run at the World Grand Prix since the turn of the millennium, winning silver medals in 2004 and 2005 and bronze in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. But performances have dipped recently with 2013’s fifth being preceded by finishes of seventh in 2011 and 10th in 2012. They were ninth in 2014.

Italy’s big chance to impress came in 2014 as they hosted the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship. They progressed all the way to the semifinals where they lost to China before being defeated by powerhouses Brazil in the bronze medal match.

Italy won FIVB Volleyball World Cup titles in 2007 and 2011 and the Grand Champions Cup in 2009. At the European Championship in 2013, they came sixth after losing to Serbia in straight sets in the quarterfinals in Zurich.

Coach

Marco Bonitta

Marco Bonitta

Marco Bonitta returned as coach of Italy’s women’s team in March 2014, leading them to a ninth-place finish in FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 1. Bonitta spearheaded Italy’s return to the Final Six in 2015 but his team only managed to finish sixth. During his successful first tenure from 2001 to 2006, the team won silver medals at the 2004 and 2005 World Grand Prix competitions and bronze in 2006. He led Italy to their first World Championship title in 2002, and to silver at the 2001 and 2005 European Championships. Bonitta then coached Poland’s women’s team to an equal ninth-place finish at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He has coached several men’s and women’s clubs in Italy, winning multiple domestic and international trophies with the Foppapedretti Bergamo women’s team in the late 1990s.

Staff

  • Team Manager Marco Miotti
  • Assistant coach Fabio Soli
  • Second Assistant Coach Cristiano Lucchi
  • Doctor Roberto Vannicelli
  • Physiotherapist Daniele Dailianis

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
USA
9 8 1 6 2 0 0 1 0 24 25 5 5.000 739 603 1.225
2
China
9 8 1 6 1 1 0 0 1 23 24 6 4.000 701 591 1.186
3
Russia
9 8 1 3 3 2 1 0 0 23 26 10 2.600 833 738 1.128
4
Brazil
9 7 2 3 4 0 1 0 1 22 23 10 2.300 779 674 1.155
5
Netherlands
9 5 4 3 2 0 0 2 2 15 17 14 1.214 709 706 1.004
6
Serbia
9 5 4 1 0 4 1 1 2 12 18 20 0.900 836 854 0.978
7
Italy
9 4 5 1 2 1 2 3 0 13 19 19 1.000 840 818 1.026
8
Japan
9 3 6 2 1 0 3 1 2 12 16 19 0.842 776 783 0.991
9
Turkey
9 3 6 1 1 1 1 2 3 9 13 21 0.619 719 773 0.930
10
Thailand
9 2 7 0 1 1 0 1 6 5 7 24 0.291 611 744 0.821
11
Belgium
9 1 8 0 1 0 1 3 4 4 8 25 0.320 668 771 0.866
12
Germany
9 0 9 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 4 27 0.148 610 766 0.796

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