3x All-American Florida Gator Aurea Cruz Signs In Italy

  0 Liam Smith | July 25th, 2018 | Americans Playing Overseas, European volleyball, International Volleyball, Italian League, News, Pro Indoor, Women's Transfers

Italy’s Cuneo Granda Volley has announced in its official website the signing of Aurea Cruz to its roster. The 36-year-old 6’0″ tall outside hitter/opposite, a 3x All-American with the University of Florida, is transferring out of Turkish club Sarıyer. This will be her fourth stint in Italian volleyball, as she has played for Tortoli, Altamuri, Villa Cortese, Novara, and Scandicci before. She has also played professionally in Puerto Rico, Spain, South Korea, and Azerbaijan. Cruz debuted with the Puerto Rican national team almost 20 years ago, winning many accolades along the way.

Here are her first words as a member of her new team:

“I’m really happy to be in Cuneo, the team has strongly lobbied for me and I can not but be grateful. The project is serious and ambitious, being its first season in the A1 Series. It does not to hurry up its development, but there is the desire to do a good championship. Cuneo is a historic place and I can not wait to take the field to return to play in a league of the highest level such as in Italy, full of strong teams and players”

Cuneo was only recently promoted into Italy’s top tier league. Since then, it has worked hard to field a competent roster for its maiden season:

Giulia Mancini – middle blocker transferring out of Scandicci
Marina Zambelli – middle blocker transferring out of France’s Le Cannet
Selime Ilyasoğlu – outside hitter transferring out of Romania’s Alba Blaj
Lise Van Hecke – opposite hitter transferring out of Pesaro
Jole Ruzzinilibero transfering out of France’s Cannes
Srna Marković – outside hitter transferring out of Marignano
Anna Kaczmar – setter transferring out of Poland’s Developres Skyres Rzeszow
Francesca Bosio – setter transferring out of Fillotrano
Júlia Kavalenka Outside hitter transferring out Poland’s Torun

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#Throw🔙Thursday recordando mis ultimos Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe. #Abanderada2014 #EquipoPUR #VolleyPUR #AuryCruz #Veracruz2014 ¡Iniciaron los juegos! BARRANQUILLA 2018 ¡Ondea! ¡Ondea! ¡Ondea!

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