Leila Barros

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Leila Barros
Leila Barros 2007 cropped.jpg
Barros in 2007
Personal information
Full name Leila Gomes de Barros
Born September 30, 1971 (1971-09-30) (age 45)
Brasília, DF, Brazil
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in).
Spike 300 cm (118 in)
Block 291 cm (115 in)
Volleyball information
Position Opposite spiker

Leila Gomes de Barros (born September 30, 1971 in Brasília, DF)[1] is a retired Brazilian female volleyball player. She often played as opposite hitter and attacker. She was a member of the Brazilian squad who had great success in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade), winning the 1996 and 1998 editions of the volleyball Grand Prix and being rated the most valuable player (MVP) in each win.

Career[edit]

Barros started competing in volleyball at the age of fifteen. She switched to beach volleyball in July 2001, but returned to the indoor courts in 2003 in order to help the Brazil women's national volleyball team to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

In the Volleyball Women's World Cups, Barros finished as runners-up in 1995 and 2003, was third placed in 1999. She also got silver medals in the 1994 World Championships. In the Olympics, her Brazilian team was 3rd in 1996 and 2000. She has also posed in several magazines and was one of the favorite players when she and the Brazilian volleyball team came to the Philippines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leila Barros profile". Volleyball Magazine. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
Awards
Preceded by
United States Tara Cross-Battle
Russia Yevgeniya Artamonova
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Grand Prix

1996
1998
Succeeded by
Russia Yevgeniya Artamonova
Brazil Virna Dias
Preceded by
Maurren Maggi
Brazilian Sportswomen of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Daniele Hypólito
Preceded by
 Vassiliki Arvaniti (GRE)
Women's FIVB World Tour "Most Improved"
2006
Succeeded by
 Laura Ludwig (GER)
 Tamsin Barnett (AUS)