All the new 2021 Sportlinx360 departures

Friday, October 15, 2021

After a very different year for everyone due to the pandemic, we are finally back to talk about departures and the beginnings of important projects.

We announced them on our official social medias, one by one, wishing our athletes the best for this new exciting adventure. To take stock of the situation, we have made a brief recap for 2021 departures.

MUNARI – New journey, new adventure for Alice Munari who, starting from Isola Vicentina (Vicenza), arrived in Tampa (Florida), where she began her career as a student-athlete at Hillsborough Community College thanks to a scholarship.

CUCCO - Chiara Cucco landed at Hofstra University, a private university located in Long Island, a few kilometers from the Big Apple NY. Chiara joined Bianca Bucciarelli, in her second year as a student-athlete at Hofstra and will try to replicate the fantastic path of Michela Rucli, also a student athlete for 4 years at Hofstra and winner of the Conference title in 2018 under the guidance of coach Emily Mansur-Dunse.

DE MANGO - After crossing the length of Italy (from Puglia to Veneto) Ylenia De Mango, middle blocker from Bisceglie, began her athletic and academic career at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama. Thanks to a scholarship, Ylenia joined Giada Pais Marden and will be the second Italian in the international roster of coach Flavia Siqueira.

WALTHER - The Italian Family of St. John University, New York is expanding more and more, thanks to Giorgia Walther who has joined Rachele Rastelli and together they will attempt the assault on the Big East Conference led by the legendary coach Joanne Persico.

DI VALERIO & GIOVANE - Chiara Di Valerio, on the other hand, landed at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, in Hillsborough County. Manchester is the most populous city in northern New England with over 115,000 inhabitants. One of the best American city in terms of livability, just 85 km from Boston. From the north-east we take a leap into the deep south of the States, more precisely in Odessa, Texas, where Francesca Giovane moved in her first year of volleyball and study at Odessa College.

GIANOTTI - Alessandro Gianotti is a new student-athlete Brigham Young University, Provo, in the Salt Lake Valley: a prestigious university, both from an academic and an athletic point of view. Alessandro will join a roster of absolute value and with important ambitions in the NCAA Division 1.

CANFORA & CROCE - Double new entry at Harford Community College, where Benedetta Canfora and Martina Croce have already highlighted themselves with the volleyball team led by Johnny Powel, Head Coach of the Fighting Owls since April 2019.

BELAHNA - Speaking of soccer, Omar Belahna, a midfielder, started his adventure in the United States a few weeks ago at the West Virginia Institute of Technology, a university that already saw our student-athlete volleyball player Carolina Bologna graduate.

BERGESIO & BONSANTI - After the arrival of Ruxandra Flueras, Colby Community College also welcomed our volleyball players Alessia Bergesio and Silvia Bonsanti. The college has been growing steadily in recent years, with an ever-increasing number of students and an increasingly international community.

FUCKA - "Leave or double". This is how we could summarize the story of the Fucka twin sisters. After the departure of Tatijana (student athlete at UAB - The University of Alabama at Birmingham) Rebeka also embarked on the path in the United States, exactly at Coastal Carolina University. A major university located near the beautiful resort town of Myrtle Beach.

POLES - From one splendid place to another. New adventure for Daniela Poles who flew to the west coast to reach sunny California at Concordia University Irvine, in the beautiful Orange County, a few steps from Los Angeles. Location not bad to continue the path as a student-athlete.

SOMMACAL - Our journey continues in California, moving a little further north east, always a few kilometers from Los Angeles with Alessio Sommacal, student-athlete at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Pomona. The key word to tell Alessio's story is certainly perseverance. He was supposed to leave in the summer of 2020, but due to the pandemic he had to wait to land in the States by attending only online lessons. Today he is finally a full-time student athlete and has also started training with the university Track&Field team ahead of the season.

FOLLADOR - Another lap, another race, another adventure for Giulia Follador who reached the large Italian "crew" represented by Emanuela Riglioni, Linda Mungai and Angela Egonu at Xavier University of Louisiana. Giulia is studying Business Management and plays with the XULA volleyball team in the NAIA Division I League coached by another acquaintance of ours, Coach Pat Kendrick, who has always been participating to our Showcases.

ERTELTOVA & BADINI –Although thousands of kilometers from her Slovakia, Ella Erteltova will continue to feel at home, having arrived at Florida International University, Miami (Florida), where she will find her older sister Emma. FIU is one of the largest and most international universities in the States, has welcomed and welcomes several of our student-athletes. We move much further west, to another large and important university, Arizona State University (ASU), where Beatrice Badini is taking a Masters in Organizational Leadership, as well as playing with the University's women's volleyball team in the Pac. -12 Conference (NCAA Division I).

BENCIOLINI - Ilaria Benciolini, after having brilliantly passed the strict admission procedures, also began her academic career in Bioengineering at the prestigious University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, while continuing to make her athletic contribution to the volleyball team.

DE MARZI – Remaining in the same academic field, but changing sport, after graduating in Italy in Biomedical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Laura De Marzi has recently arrived at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) to continue her studies with a Master and to follow, at the same time, the passion for track & field by joining the women's university team that competes in the NCAA I - Atlantic 10 Conference. Laura is the sister of Michela De Marzi, our other student athlete, who left in 2020 for UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County).

Finally we start to write new sports, academic and above all life stories. To all the "newcomers" and to the athletes already present in the States a big good luck from all of us!







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