Coach Jay Roberto on Saturday morning announced the 12 players who will defend Brazil’s volleyball at the Tokyo Olympic Games a month from now. In search of a third championship, the coach left it to champions Sheila, Adenizia and Dani Lins to choose the young athletes.
Following the League of Nations vice-championship, in which the team lost in a legendary final game against the United States, the coach decided to call out the players who stood out in the competition. From the list, only Natalia played very little in Rimini, Italy, as she was recovering from an injury.
In front of Rosamaria in the middle of the network, 17-year-old Anna Cristina and setter Roberta were chosen for the vacancies of Sheila, Adenizia and Danny Lins, respectively. The so-called trio has stood out and hasn’t come as a surprise, despite much of the experience of “cut” athletes.
After suffering cuts ahead of the Olympic Games in London and Rio, Camilla Brett will finally be able to celebrate going to the Olympics first. The first time she was unquestionably out because of Fabi’s summons, already in Brazil, she lost the competition to Leia.
Two other players may also celebrate going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo after making cuts in the previous edition: reserve setter Roberta and opposite Tandra, injured in Rio after playing in the 2012 Games.
Watch the call made by Zee Roberto:
Lifters: Macris and Roberta
Opposite/Tips: Tandra, Rosamaria, Natalia, Fernanda Gare, Gabby and Anna Cristina
Center: Carol Guttaz, Carol and Bea
Libero: Camila Breta