After a lenghty drama-filled divorce with partner Alex Ranghieri, it looks like Adrian Carambula is smiling again. The player, nicknamed by fans as Mr. Skyball due to his service delivery, has revealed to website Beachmajorseries.com that he will partner up with Enrico Cester to continue his beach volleyball journey. Cester is currently under contract with Lube Civitanova (indoor), so the partnership, if in fact it happens, will only be consummated a few months into 2018:
I was in a bad funk with everything that was happening with Alex. I wasn’t enjoying it. Me and Alex always had difference of opinion and this year we didn’t get results that we were getting last year. It was difficult because it was becoming quite obvious that me and Alex weren’t getting along. For me I need to be focused on court and I need to be able to communicate with my partner – I need a teammate beside me when the ship goes down.
My new partner will be Enrico Cester. He’s a middle hitter for one of Italy’s most successful indoor volleyball clubs, Macerata. He’s not played beach volleyball before but he’s 204 cm tall, he’s got fast feet and he can jump. He’s got that killer instinct and I think after half-a-season of training he can be a real force. We have to respect his contract with Lube Macerata. It’s important to acknowledge Cester’s commitments to his team, so we will have to be a little patient.”
There was a time when I was concerned because in Italy there are not many other blockers around to play with. There’s Paolo Nicolai and Alex. There was nothing out there telling me there was light at the end of the tunnel and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Thankfully I was introduced to Enrico and I was transformed and now I’m hungry.
The announcment surprised Lube Civitanova’s general management, who was quick to issue a statement:
Cester has 2 years contract with us and the indoor season ends in mid-May. We are willing to issue summer-only authorizations at the end of the season
The pair will call themselves ‘Gemelli Diversi’ – the twins, as both players share the same birthday: March 16, 1988.
Carambula and Ranghieri ranked up as third in the world as a pair, and qualified for 2016 Olympics, falling in the round of 16.