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FIVB Women’s Club World Championship | | Manila Bulletin

MANILA — Host Philippines will debut at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship on Tuesday, facing a strong challenge from Rio de Janeiro’s Rexona-Sesc, which is the defending South American and Brazil Superleague champion.

The Brazilian team features two-time Olympic gold medalist Fabiola de Oliveira, 2016 Rio Olympics veterans Gabi Guimaraes, Juciely Silva Barreto and import Anne Buijs, who powered the Netherlands to a fourth place finish at the Rio Olympics.

Oliveira was a part of the team that won the gold medal in the 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Olympics. The 5-foot-5 was named best libero and won the gold medal with her national team in the 2011 Pan-American Cup. She also played in the World Championship in Japan (2006, 2010), World Grand Champions Cup in Japan (2009) and the South American Championship (2013).

Guimaraes, a 5-foot-9 spiker from Brazil’s third largest city of Belo Horizonte joined the national team in 2012 and helped Brazil win the silver (2012) and the gold (2013, 2014, 2016) in the FIVB World Grand Prix. She was also part of the squad that won the 2015 South American Championship where she was named Most Valuable Player and best outside hitter.

The 6-foot-0 Barreto has competed in five World Grand Prix and was named best middle blocker in the 2015 edition held in the United States.

Bernardo Rezende, who steered the men’s team to the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, will be coaching Rexona-Sesc, which is making its third appearance in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship after winning the silver medal in 2013 and placing fourth in 2015 — both events were held in Zurich.

The Philippines, carrying the name PSL-F2 Logistics Manila, is composed of local players Rachel Anne Daquis, Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kim Fajardo, Jaja Santiago, Frances Molina and Jen Reyes, and imports Ekaterina Krivets of Russia, Yevgeniya Nyukhalova of Ukraine, Lynda Morales of Puerto Rico, Yuri Fukuda of Japan, Stephanie Niemer and Lindsay Stalzer of the United States, and Tichaya Boonlert of Thailand.

Serbian Moro Branislav is head coach while Japanese Shun Takahashi is assistant coach.

The match between Vakifbank Istanbul and Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs will kick off the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship organized by Philippine Superliga (PSL) and Eventcourt with TV5, Petron, Asics, BMW and F2 Logistics the official partners and Diamond Hotel the official residence.

Other opening-day matches pit Swiss champion Volero Zurich of Switzerland against 2016 Asian Championship winner Bangkok Glass; and reigning European champion Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy against defending world champion Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul of Turkey.