Captain - Paula Nizetich

Paula Nizetich began playing volleyball at age 11 with Banco Nacion in Argentina, having previously competed in figure skating. She was a member of the Argentina team that won a silver medal at both the 2009 and 2011 South American Championships, and she played at the 2011 World Cup in which Argentina finished 10th. She is a veteran of four World Grand Prix campaigns. Paula made her debut in the tournament in 2012 before captaining the national side at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions. In the 2014 tournament she led her team to three consecutive victories in the World Grand Prix for the first time in Argentina's history.

The 26-year-old outside hitter aims to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Her sporting idol is Argentinian volleyball player Marcos Milinkovic. Her husband Pablo Griboff has been assistant coach of French volleyball team SES Calais.

Star Player - Emilce Sosa

Emilce Sosa began playing volleyball at age 14 in Las Lomitas, Argentina as she inherited her father's passion for ball sports. She played football with him at first but then tried volleyball at school.

She will makes her second World Cup appearance here in Japan. She was a member of the team that finished 10th in 2011. She has also played in five editions of the World Grand Prix, and was in the Argentinian teams that won the silver medal at the 2009 and 2011 South American Championships. At an individual level her best year came in 2013 when she received two awards recognising her as the best volleyball player in Argentina. In 2015 she became the first Argentine to be named Best Server in the Brazilian Superliga, a particularly satisfying award because a coach in Europe once told her that she could not serve and would never be able to play at the top level.

She has a tattoo on her right forearm that reads, "My roots, My story", which is a recognition of her upbringing in an indigenous Wichi community in Formosa, Argentina.


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