Azzurri at Olympics Qualifiers


Serie A Volleyball League announces that the match between Consar Ravenna and Delta Group Porto Viro, valid for the 1st day of Serie A2 Credem Banca, scheduled for 15 October 2023, has been postponed to Wednesday 15 November 2023 at 8.00 pm.

Olympic Qualification Tournament
Azzurri leaving for Rio de Janeiro with Cortesia replacing Russo

The men’s national team, fresh from winning the silver medal in the European Championships, is ready to turn the page and project itself towards the last, important, seasonal commitment: the Olympic Qualification Tournament, which will see the Azzurri as protagonists in Rio de Janeiro from 30 September to October 8 (Pool A). The top two in the group will qualify for the Paris 2024 Games (played using the round robin formula).

Technical Commissioner Ferdinando De Giorgi confirmed the 13 of the 14 athletes who took part in the continental event. The latest news is the presence in the Italian group of central defender Lorenzo Cortesia (Rana Verona) who replaced Roberto Russo (Sir Susa Vim Perugia). The Azzurri staff, in fact, having checked the conditions of the Sicilian central defender during the training camp in Cavalese in recent days, decided to replace him with the Rana Verona athlete for the upcoming tournament.

The pre-Olympic tournament will be broadcast on TV on SKY channels and on the paid streaming platform Volleyball World TV –

Here are the 14 Azzurri called up, all involved in the next Credem Banca SuperLega except for Alessandro Bovolenta, who will still play for Consar Ravenna in Serie A2 Credem Banca.

Setters: Simone Giannelli (Sir Susa Vim Perugia), Riccardo Sbertoli (Itas Trentino).

Spikers: Mattia Bottolo (Cucine Lube Civitanova), Daniele Lavia (Itas Trentino), Alessandro Michieletto (Itas Trentino), Tommaso Rinaldi (Valsa Group Modena).

Central players: Lorenzo Cortesia (Rana Verona), Gianluca Galassi (Vero Volley Monza), Leandro Mosca (Rana Verona), Giovanni Sanguinetti (Valsa Group Modena).

Opposites: Alessandro Bovolenta (Consar Ravenna), Yuri Romanò (Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza).

Free: Fabio Balaso (Cucine Lube Civitanova), Leonardo Scanferla (Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza).

The calendar

September 30th
Italy – Czech Republic, 6.30 pm

1st October
Italy – Qatar 10pm

October 3
Italy – Ukraine at 10pm

October 4
Italy – Germany 6.30pm

October 6
Italy – Iran 6.30pm

October 7
Italy – Cuba 6.30pm

October 8
Italy – Brazil 3.00 pm