Sara Bonifacio has signed with Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio for the 2018-2019 season.
Twenty-eight players, including two Olympians and 10 members of the 2017 Euro Championships squad, will make up the initial roster for the Italian women’s national team, head coach Davide Mazzanti announced Tuesday.
The Dutch squad upset Italy with a very one sided 3-0 win behind another Lonneke Slöetjes’s gem performance. Serbia did its homework and ended Belarus’s surprising Euro run.
Italy, Serbia and The Netherlands start out very strong, while “coachless” Russia needed five sets to down underdogs Ukraine.
After leading Italy’s young offense to a silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, setter Ofelia Malinov will miss the European Championships with an injury.
This is Italy’s 19th time competing at the FIVB World Grand Prix and has not been on the podium since 2010.