Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA

(Italy)

AGIL Volley Trecate was born in 1983/1984 thanks to Sister Giovanna Saporiti and Marilena Bertini’s commitment: they decided to establish a sports centre in order to create a place for people’s aggregation following the idea that sport could help young people in their personal development and improve their ability to build a good team spirit.

AGIL, which is the club name, is not a sponsor or a trademark, it is an acronym that stands for A = amicizia (friendship), G = gioia (joy), I = impegno (commitment), L = lealtà (loyalty).

That was the initial goal and that is the eventual result: soon the small gym became a big sports hall, so that the club could have a good structure where people could play indoor football, basketball and attend all of the Volleyball courses.

From 2001 to 2003 and again nowadays, since 2013, the club joined the first division of the Italian national league and moved to Novara, in order to play in a bigger sports hall.

Agil Volley’s resume includes:
• an Italian A2 Cup in 2001
• an Italian A2 title in 2012
• a CEV Cup (today Challenge Cup) in 2003
• an Italian A1 title (the highest division of the national league) in 2017
• three Italian A1 Cup titles in 2015, 2018 and 2019
• one Italian Supercup in 2017.

Agil Volley has participated in the CEV Champions League three times (2016, 2018 and 2019).

“We are excited and proud of having claimed a spot in an “all-Italian” final, where in any case our country will secure the Champions League title, something which has happened just twice in the last decade. We will do everything to bring to Novara their first Champions League and, personally, I want to win my sixth Champions League*.“
Francesca Piccinini - Captain (*Piccinini has a title from the former CEV Champions Cup to her name as well.)

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Coach

Massimo BARBOLINI

Hero Stefana VELJKOVIC

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  • Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA are the ninth Italian team in the Champions League final. No other country has had more than four different CL finalists (4 by Russia).

  • NOVARA's previous best result in the competition was a fifth place in 2017/18.

  • NOVARA ousted two-time defending champion VakifBank ISTANBUL in this year's semi-finals. They won the Golden Set after a 3-0 win in Istanbul and a 3-1 defeat in Novara.

  • NOVARA's 3-1 home loss against VakifBank in the semi-finals was their first defeat this CL campaign (W9-L1).

  • This CL season, only Fenerbahce Opet ISTANBUL (84) scored more points from aces than NOVARA (78).

  • Paola Egonu (54.84%) has the best blocker efficiency in this season's CL.

  • Egonu is NOVARA's top scorer in the CL this campaign on 183 points, fourth-most among all players.

  • Egonu scored 69 points in the semi-finals, at least 32 more than any other player.

Star Players

Follow Your Star - Francesca Piccinini

13/04/2019 12:00

Italian Volleyball queen Francesca Piccinini will be trying to secure her sixth CEV Champions League crown when she will captain Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA at the #SuperFinalsBerlin.

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Know Your Superstars - Cristina Chirichella

04/05/2019 09:00

Chirichella has played a leading role all season and will be a key part of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA plans as they play for the most coveted crown in European Volleyball.

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