Italy’s second division club Marsala Volley has announced in its official website that American-Italian Becky Perry will return to the hardwood floor after 2 years solely devoted to beach volleyball. Perry, who represents Italy in international competition, had been Marta Menegatti’s beach partner for the past two seasons.
The 29-year-old 6’3″ Perry, who was born in Bakersfield, California, played NCAA ball for University of Washington graduate (Class of 2010), a team she led to the 2010 NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8, racking up AVCA All-America Second Team honors along the way. She was also voted to the All-Pac-10 Team, on her way to wrapping up her career ranking 10th in school history with 1,229 kills and fourth all-time with 1,414.0 points
Since then, Perry became a volleyball nomad, having played professionally in Puerto Rico, Korea, Turkey, and Germany, before signing her first deal with an world-class club with Italy’s Busto Arsizio (2014-2015) and subsequently Poland’s Dąbrowa Górnicza (2015). After becoming a naturalized Italian citizen in 2016, she decided to focus solely on Beach Volleyball in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She did, as she was chosen to replace Marta Menegatti‘s partner, Viktoria Orsi, who was suspended by the FIVB on doping charges. However, she was replaced with Laura Giombini at the last minute, as the FIVB did not clear her for the competition for not having at least 12 tournaments on her record.
Perry will find many challenges at her new club, as Marsala Volley is fighting against relegation from A2 play. The team currently sits in 16th place out 17th teams in league standings with a 2-15 record. Regardless, her new deal is ideal for Perry, as she has recently announced on her personal Instagram page that her indoor contract will not keep her from playing beach volleyball:
Excited to announce my new partnership with @andrea_nucete ❤️🤗 This is the first time in my beach career that I get to choose my partner, my coach, my sponsors, and what tournaments I get to go to. This is beach volley. Can’t wait to have fun and compete with this girl! Give us a follow to stay up to date with our journey together! @beachteambean @beachteambean @beachteambean