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Volleyball - 13. December 2010.

Natalia eyeing Volleyball FIVB Womens Club World Championships gold with Sollys Osasco

Natalia eyeing gold with Sollys Osasco

Natalia says her club can emulate the achievements of Brazilian predecessors Sadia Esporte Club Sao Paulo and Leite Moca Sao Paulo, both of whom won the FIVB Women's Club Championship in the 1990s

Switzerland, Lausanne,  – Sollys Osasco's sights are set firmly on becoming the third team from Brazil to win the FIVB Women's Club World Championship, according to their young Brazilian international Natalia.

Natalia is aiming to go one better than the silver medal she won at the FIVB Women's World Championship with her national side in Japan last month, and sees no reason why Sollys Osasco cannot emulate the achievements of Sadia Esporte Club Sao Paulo in 1991 and Leite Moca Sao Paulo in 1994 – even if she still finds it hard to believe she is competing at such a high level at just 21.

"I never imagined being in the running for world selections and now a Club World Championship," she said. "I am very happy and hopefully can help the team as we try to win that title. We have won the Brazilian and South American titles. Now we have the Club World Championship and we're devoting ourselves and our training to bringing that trophy to Brazil."

Natalia is equally aware that Sollys Osasco, who clinched the Brazilian championship during the 2009/2010 season and the 2010 South American Club Championship, will come up against some of the world's top clubs – not least in their own pool where they start off against a team she believes could be the dark horses of the tournament, Thailand's Federbrau.


 
"Federbrau is more or less the Thailand team that played at the World Championship and they will take some work (to beat)," she said. "I think there will be no easy games for anyone." Sollys Osasco begin their campaign in Doha against Federbrau on December 15 before taking on Pool A's other team, Fenerbahce of Turkey, 24 hours later.

  
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