In the town of San Tommaso it could not be otherwise. Ortona is that place that “if I don’t see, I don’t believe” and after the many rumors and declarations of intent, finally there is also the official status. Leonel Marshall will continue his – incredible – journey with Sieco Service Impavida Ortona. The Italian-Cuban champion and the volleyball club from Ortona have shown mutual esteem and trust, thus making use of the option for a second year already present in the previous contract between the parties.

Leonel Marshall, Italian-Cuban born in 1979 is 196 centimeters tall and is known for his great experience in the world of volleyball. He gained notoriety at the 2000 Olympic Games where he was the youngest member of the Cuban national volleyball team at just 20 years old. Marshall is renowned for his jumping prowess, reaching a height of 380cm when attacking and 340cm when blocking. He is both a solid defender and a powerful forward. He won the title of Best Catcher in the Turkish league three times and the award for the best serve in the 2001 World League.

Leonel started his career in Cuba but moved to Italy in 1998, playing in Serie A2 for Livorno. After two seasons in Tuscany, he moved up to the Italian top flight in 2003, joining the Piacenza team. He spent most of his career in Piacenza, with the exception of a brief spell in the 2007/2008 season with Mezzaroma Volley. He returned to Piacenza until the 2009/2010 season.

He also had playing experience in Turkey (with Fenerbahce SK Istanbul and Arkas Izmir) and in Beijing, China. In 2016, he returned to Italy and played for Piacenza until 2018. Afterwards, he had other international experiences before being called up by the Ortona team, which brought him back to Italy to play in the Serie A3 championship.