Italy will have a new beach duo come summertime, as Adrian Carambula has announced his new teammate following his split from Alex Ranghieri. Carambula will be taking a chance on indoor player Enrico Cester this season, who plays with Cucine Lube Civitanova in the Italian’s Men’s Serie A1 League.
“He is a middle hitter of one of Italy’s most successful indoor volleyball clubs, Macerata. He has not played beach volleyball before but he is 204 cm tall, he’s got fast feet and he can jump. He has that killer instinct and I think after half-a-season of training he can be a real force,” said Carambula to beachmajorseries.com.
The duo will not be able to pair up until April, as Cester has to fulfill his duties with Cucine Lube for the remainder of their season. Cucine Lube sits in second place in the league this season, making it likely they will move onto the playoffs that will start on March 11 and end on March 25.
“It is important to acknowledge Cester’s commitments to his team, so we will have to be a little patient,” said Carambula.
Carambula/Cester were ironically born on the same day – March 16, 1988 – to which they have already begun calling themselves “the twins.” Up until Cester is available to play, Carambula will be pairing with Gabriele Pasquale.
Carambula and Ranghieri paired up for two seasons before calling it quits, not always seeing eye to eye. Carambula said that their differing opinions often made it difficult to concentrate on just playing volleyball but now that he will be having a new partner, he feels that he has his mojo back.
While together, Carambula/Ranghieri qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, won two gold medals on the FIVB World Tour and a silver in the CEV European Championship.