Overview

Team profile

Italy

After their fifth-place finish at the 2013 World Grand Prix, Italy dropped to ninth in Group 1 last year under the guidance of Marco Bonitta. The Italians had a good run at the World Grand Prix after 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 host some big fixtures in this year’s edition as week three matches will be played in Catania when giants Brazil and Russia come to the island of Sicily. 

 
Last summer was Italy’s big chance to impress as they hosted the women’s World Championship. In front of large and often passionate crowds at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, they went all the way to the semifinals where they lost to China before being defeated by powerhouses Brazil in the bronze medal match. Italy won World Cup titles in 2007 and 2011 and the Grand Champions Cup in 2009. At the last European Championship in 2013, they came sixth after losing to Serbia in straight sets in the quarterfinals in Zurich. The future could be bright for the Italians as they took third place at the European Junior Championships in 2012, after winning the worldwide version the previous season.

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 Group 1 at the subsequent World Grand Prix. During his successful first tenure from 2001 to 2006, the team won silver medals at the 2004 and 2005 World Grands Prix 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 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
Brazil
9 9 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 27 27 2 13.500 721 555 1.299
2
China
9 9 0 5 3 1 0 0 0 26 27 5 5.400 770 569 1.353
3
USA
9 8 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 24 26 9 2.888 823 731 1.125
4
Italy
9 5 4 4 0 1 0 3 1 14 18 14 1.285 740 690 1.072
5
Russia
9 5 4 1 3 1 0 1 3 14 16 17 0.941 730 746 0.978
6
Japan
9 4 5 3 1 0 1 2 2 13 16 16 1.000 699 721 0.969
7
Germany
9 4 5 2 2 0 1 1 3 13 15 17 0.882 733 692 1.059
8
Serbia
9 3 6 2 1 0 3 2 1 12 17 19 0.894 796 775 1.027
9
Thailand
9 3 6 1 1 1 0 2 4 8 11 21 0.523 667 726 0.918
10
Belgium
9 2 7 2 0 0 0 2 5 6 8 21 0.380 571 692 0.825
11
Turkey
9 2 7 1 0 1 0 4 3 5 10 23 0.434 690 783 0.881
12
Dominican Republic
9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 27 0.000 415 675 0.614

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