Overview

Team profile

Croatia

Croatia made their World Grand Prix debut in 2014 under veteran coach Angelo Vercesi and made an instant impact as they finished third in the Intercontinental Round of Group 3 behind Czech Republic and Bulgaria, winning four of their six matches. In the Final Four they lost to Czech Republic and defeated Kazakhstan in the third-place match. Later in the season they competed at the 2014 World Championship and finished third in their first round pool; they went on to defeat Japan in the second round before finishing equal-13th overall. The team had taken encouragement from their fifth-place finish at the 2013 European Championship, where they beat the Netherlands in the pool play-offs before going down to Germany in the quarterfinals.

 
The glory days of Croatian women’s volleyball came in the 1990s when they took silver medals at the 1995, 1997 and 1999 European Championships and came fourth at the 1995 World Cup. Their performances raised the sport’s profile in the country and many of the players at the World Grand Prix honed their skills on development programmes that sprang up on the back of that team’s success. The Croatians made it through to the quarterfinals of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, beating Australia, Kenya and Korea along the way.

Coach

Angelo Vercesi

Angelo Vercesi

Brazilian Angelo Vercesi took over Croatia’s women’s team in 2013, coaching them in their World Grand Prix debut last year where they finished third in Group 3. That differed from his time with Brazil’s women’s team from 2005 to 2006, as Brazil captured back-to-back World Grand Prix titles along with the 2005 Grand Champions Cup and South American Championship. Vercesi has coached club sides in Azerbaijan, Croatia, Italy and Brazil. His best finishes came with Italian club Scavolini Pesaro, where they won the 2008 Italian League and CEV Cup titles and the 2009 Italian Super Cup. Vercesi, who lives in Italy, took over as coach of women’s club team Volley 2002 Forli in 2015.

Staff

  • Team Manager Luis Carlos Caetano
  • Assistant coach Rafael Prado De Castro
  • Second Assistant Coach Goran Jovanovic
  • Physiotherapist Alessandro Fazio

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
Netherlands
7 7 0 5 1 1 0 0 0 20 21 3 7.000 585 429 1.363
2
Czech Republic
7 5 2 1 3 1 1 1 0 15 18 11 1.636 650 602 1.079
3
Poland
7 4 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 12 13 11 1.181 534 547 0.976
4
Puerto Rico
7 4 3 0 3 1 1 1 1 12 15 14 1.071 643 609 1.055
5
Bulgaria
6 3 3 1 0 2 2 0 1 9 13 13 1.000 544 550 0.989
6
Canada
6 2 4 0 1 1 0 3 1 5 9 15 0.600 506 550 0.920
7
Argentina
6 1 5 0 1 0 1 2 2 4 7 16 0.437 476 548 0.868
8
Croatia
6 0 6 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 5 18 0.277 442 545 0.811

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