Carli Lloyd Rumored To Have Signed With Zé Roberto’s Barueri In Brazil

  0 Liam Smith | December 23rd, 2017 | Brazilian League, Brazilian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball, U.S. Women's Volleyball, Women's Transfers


Prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 international club volleyball season, American setter Carli Lloyd opted out of her contract with Fenerbahce Istanbul in the Turkish Women’s League due to a shoulder injury, being replaced by Nootsara Tomkom. The injury required Lloyd to have surgery and spend three months away from the courts.

Now, with her recovery, she has been signed Hinode/Barueri of the Brazilian Superliga, coached by three time Olympic champion coach José Roberto Guimarães, according to Brazilian news sources and Bruno Voloch.

Barueri has been recently struggling, losing three straight matches in Superliga. and is now occupying the 6th place in its standings. It was also knocked out of the Brazilian Cup in its first game. It has been hampered by injuries all season long: Katarzyna Skowronska and Thaisa Daher, already joined the team in the injury list, and various other players got hurt as the season progressed.

Lloyd will be joining a team that has used a three setter rotation since the beginning of the season: Brazilian national teamer Naiane Rios, experienced Ana Cristina, and youngster Francine Tomazoni, who was a late addition to the team after Rio do Sul folded out of the competition.

Lloyd was named the USA Volleyball Indoor Player of the Year. Lloyd, who was the backup setter to the now-retired Alisha Glass at the 2016 Olympic Games, took on a new role in 2017 both in a starting role and as the team captain for the American women. She started 15 of the team’s 26 senior squad matches over the summer, including all 9 of the preliminary matches at the FIVB World Grand Prix. That team made it to the Final Round with a roster that included only one other Olympian besides her. She scored 39 points out of the setter position with 11 kills, 20 blocks, and 8 aces while leading a young and inexperienced offense.

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