Simona Gioli makes her way in a double role

Italian Simona Gioli is known for her powerful, effective and lightning-fast attacks that saw her turn into one of the most feared middle blockers in the world. One role, however, has not been enough for this Hero, as she has earned herself an equally respected reputation as one of volleyball’s best opposites too. Being such a highly experienced player is paying dividends for Gioli this year as she powers ahead as one of the Russian league’s top scorers and the leader of her team, Fakel Novy Uregoy.

Her unrivaled skills and versatility make this 34-year-old mamma the consummate universal player, ready to do her team proud in any situation. Whether as a middle blocker or an opposite, Simona knows how to take her team to new heights on the court and provide her coaches with exactly the qualities they need to build their game on. Simona Gioli is at the centre of a winning team – a true FIVB Hero!