AGIL Volley

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Igor Gorgonzola Novara
Full name Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Agil Volley ssd a r.l.
Short name Igor, AGIL
Founded 1984
Ground PalaTerdoppio, Novara, Italy
(Capacity: 5,000)
Chairman Giovanna Saporiti
Head coach Massimo Barbolini
League FIPAV Women's Serie A1
2016–17 3rd (Playoff winners)
Website Club home page
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2017–18

AGIL Volley is an Italian women's volleyball club based in Novara and currently playing in the Serie A1.

Previous names[edit]

Due to sponsorship, the club have competed under the following names:

  • AGIL Trecate (1984–1999)
  • AGIL Volley Trecate (1999–2001)
  • Asystel Novara (2001–2003)
  • AGIL Volley Trecate (2003–2012)
  • Igor Gorgonzola Novara (2012–present)

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1984 as AGIL Volley and was based in Trecate. The club name is an acronym for Amicizia, Gioia, Impegno, Lealtà (friendship, joy, commitment, loyalty) and originally it started as a youth centre designed to help youngsters develop together through sport. The project grew over the years and investment was made to a build sports complex with a beach volleyball field and a multi-purpose sports facility for volleyball, futsal and basketball.[1]

After spending its first years competing in regional tournaments, in 1989 the club started moving through the Italian lower leagues. By the end of the 1990s it was making good progress playing in the Serie A2 until it struggled in the 1998–99 season and was relegated to Serie B1. As four teams renounced to play the Serie A2 in the 1999–2000 season, the club avoided relegation. During that season a new approach was made, with head coach Luciano Pedullà opting to prepare a team of young players with professionalism and commitment to secure investment for the future. The club was promoted to the Serie A1 (highest level) at the end of the 2000–01 season.[1]

Ahead of the 2001–02 season, the club moved its base from Trecate to Novara and Asystel became its main sponsor with club being renamed Asystel Novara. In its first season at the Serie A1, the club was runner up after reaching the playoff finals. In the following season it again reached the playoff finals, finishing second. The club made its debut in European competitions by winning the 2002–03 CEV Cup.[1] At the conclusion of the season despite the two consecutive second places in the league, the European title and a guaranteed spot to play the CEV Champions League in the 2003–04 season, the club decided to focus on youth teams. It relocated to Trecate, revived its old name AGIL Volley and conceded its Serie A1 licence and the professional volleyball department to Asystel who established a new team called Asystel Volley. The licence concession meant AGIL was back to the Serie C of the Italian league.[1][2]

Ten seasons later, in 2013 the club gain promotion back to the Serie A1 and relocated to Novara.[2] In 2014–15 the club won the Italian Cup for the first time.[3] The first Serie A1 title came in 2016–17.[4]

Team[edit]

Season 2018–2019, as of August 2018.[5][6]

Number Player Position Height (m) Weight (kg) Birth date
1 United States Lauren Carlini Setter 1.85 77 (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 25)
2 Italy Federica Stufi Middle Blocker 1.85 67 (1988-03-22) 22 March 1988 (age 32)
3 Italy Letizia Camera Setter 1.75 61 (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 27)
4 Netherlands Celeste Plak Outside Hitter 1.90 87 (1995-10-26) 26 October 1995 (age 24)
5 Argentina Yamila Nizetich Outside Hitter 1.83 75 (1989-01-27) 27 January 1989 (age 31)
10 Italy Cristina Chirichella Middle Blocker 1.95 73 (1994-02-10) 10 February 1994 (age 26)
11 Italy Stefania Sansonna Libero 1.75 67 (1982-11-01) 1 November 1982 (age 37)
12 Italy Francesca Piccinini Outside Hitter 1.85 62 (1979-01-10) 10 January 1979 (age 41)
13 Albania Erblira Bici Outside Hitter 1.85 70 (1995-06-27) 27 June 1995 (age 24)
14 United States Michelle Bartsch Outside Hitter 1.92 74 (1990-02-12) 12 February 1990 (age 30)
15 Italy Giorgia Zannoni Libero 1.71 (1998-02-11) 11 February 1998 (age 22)
17 Serbia Stefana Veljković Middle Blocker 1.91 76 (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 30)
18 Italy Paola Egonu Opposite 1.94 70 (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 21)

Honours[edit]

National competitions[edit]

2014–15; 2017-18; 2018-19
2016–17
  • Supercoppa italiana di pallavolo maschile.svg Italian Super Cup: 1
2017-18

International competitions[edit]

2018–19
2002–03

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Storia e scopi". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tolotti, Marco (21 April 2013). "La favola di suor Giò che riporta Novara in serie A1 di pallavolo". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ "37^ Coppa Italia Serie A1: Novara scoppia di gioia, il trofeo è suo. Una grande Modena cade 3-1 dopo 2 ore di emozioni. Sold out al 105 Stadium di Rimini". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). 1 March 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Play Off Samsung Gear Volley Cup: la Igor Gorgonzola è Campione d'Italia!". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). 11 May 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Team". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Team". AGIL Volley (in Italian). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Igor Gorgonzola Novara Team 2016-17". legavolleyfemminile.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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