Italy women’s coach Davide Mazzanti has named an initial squad of 30 for what he calls “a very busy summer” – starting with the Volleyball Nations League in May.
In addition, Italy host two pools of the Preliminary Round, in Conegliano Veneto in week two (with USA, the Dominican Republic and Serbia) and in Perugia in week four (with Korea, Bulgaria and Russia).
The FIVB Volleyball Nations League is part of a huge summer which includes the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In Group F, which will be staged in Catania between 2-4 August, Italy will face the Netherlands, Belgium and Kenya. Thereafter, there’s the European Championships in August and the World Cup in September.
Italian rotation likely
With two Italian teams playing in the CEV European Champions League Finals the domestic season is stretching into the summer and Mazzanti is likely to rotate his roster to give some of his players much needed rest. The squad will be split into two groups of 14, with an A and a B group.
“The Nations League will serve to prepare us for the Olympic qualifiers and then to prepare for the European Championship,” said Mazzanti.
“We chose to participate from the second stage with the whole core that made the World Cup, trying to prepare ourselves by playing as much as possible. Thanks to the [Italian] Federation for giving me the opportunity to have created a second senior group that Marco Paglialunga will lead from the Universiade.
“It will be a very intense summer with a bit of a bittersweet taste. We want to start this season in the best possible way.”