Paola Hibs for first ever European experience

Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 17:46

Local female volleyball team Paola Hibs, who have dominated the local female volleyball scene for the past 7 years, have earned the opportunity as local champions to play in the prestigious Challenge Cup organised by the Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV). This competition pits top teams from around Europe in a knockout competition.

Malta women's volleyball champions Paola Hibs

Malta women's volleyball champions Paola Hibs

This is the first time that a local volleyball team is participating in such a high profile club competition and on the other side of the net the Paola girls will find the Azerbaijanis from Azerrail Baku. This team had a number of good results in European competitions which include the same CEV Challenge Cup which they won in the 2001-02 season, together with four attempts in the CEV Champions League with their best result coming in 2005-06 when they reached the playoff stage.

Azerrail Baku boast a number of seasoned professionals in their ranks such as internationals Gasimova, Karimova, Kiselyova, Korotenko and Maksimenko to name a few. On their part, Paola Hibs have acquired the services of seasoned coach Mark Hili while the team is expected be composed of the same elements that won all honours last season including national team stalwarts Alison Borg, Carmen Gauci and Gertrude Zarb.

Paola Hibs’ shall be playing a home and away game against Baku with their commitments starting on the 9th October 2010 in Malta (probably at their home court in Corradino) while the return leg will be played at the Sports Games Palace in Baku on the 16th October 2010.


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  2. Volleyball enthusiast says:

    Good luck!!


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