Minas Tênis Clube (women's volleyball)

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Crest of Minas Tenis Clube.svg
Full nameMinas Tênis Clube
Short nameMinas
GroundVivo Arena, Belo Horizonte
(Capacity: 4,000)
ChairmanBrazil Luiz Gustavo Lage
ManagerItaly Stefano Lavarini
CaptainBrazil Daniele Vianna Fagundes Ciprandi
LeagueBrazilian Superliga
WebsiteClub home page

Minas Tênis Clube is a Brazilian women's volleyball team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. It is part of the multi sports Minas Tênis Clube. Currently it plays in the Brazilian Superleague and the Minas Gerais state league.


The early years[edit]

Volleyball has been practiced in Minas since its opening, in 1937.

L'aqua di Fiori era[edit]

During the early 1990s, Minas was one of the most successful teams in Brazil. The team was second place in the 1991-92, and won the 1992-93 Brazilian League. The main players were Hilma, Ana Paula, Leila and Ana Flávia, whom also played for the Brazil women's national volleyball team.

The MRV era[edit]

From late 1990's until the season 2010/2011 the team played with the name MRV/Minas. During this period the team had noticeable performance, winning its second Brazilian Superleague championship, and also being runner-up twice.

Usiminas era[edit]

During the seasons 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 the team played under the name Usiminas/Minas. The team achieved fourth and seventh positions, respectively, in the Brazilian Superliga.

Present days[edit]

In April 2013 Usiminas announced that it would not renew the partnership. The team did not signed with any other sponsor and will play the season 2013/2014 without sponsorship, using the club's original name. In the beginning of 2014 the team signed the contract, and changed its commercial name to Decisão Engenharia/Minas. For the season 2014/2015 the team started playing under the name Camponesa/Minas. After a poor start to the season, losing the first six matches, the team signed olympic champion wing-spiker Jaqueline Carvalho, who was a free agent after missing the entire previous season due to her pregnancy, led by her, the team quickly turned its fortunes around, finishing 5th in the regular season and making to the semifinals, where they lost to Rexona-Ades. In 2015-16, despite Jaqueline's departure to SESI-SP, the team had its best season since the MRV years, finishing 3rd in the regular season, once again losing in the semifinals, this time to intrastate rival Dentil/Praia Clube.

For the 2016-17 season, the team signed american opposite Destinee Hooker on a prove-it deal. Without her to start the season, however, the tam was very inconsistent, sitting at a 3-4 record after the first 7 games. During that span, the team signed Jaqueline once again in the free agency, after she found herself without a team for months following the end of the 2015-16 season. Hooker finally debuted in a 3-2 win over Fluminense in the following game, Jaqueline debuted later during midseason. Anchored by Hooker, aided by Jaqueline and also counting on a breakout years from young players like wing-spiker Rosamaria and middle-blocker Mara, the team proceeded to win 12 of the 15 final games (including a 9-game win streak), finishing 4th in the final regular season standings. Once again, Minas found themselves defeated in the semifinals, in a thrilling 5-game series against Rexona-Sesc. Despite missing the first 7 games, Hooker finished as the 2nd highest scorer in the tournament with 404 points, beating teammate Rosamaria (who scored 403 herself) and only behind Vôlei Nestlé's Tandara Caixeta. Hooker also finished the tournament as the most efficient spiker, making the Superliga team of the year. Mara also made it, as she finished 3rd in blocks but was also the most efficient blocker of the tournament on a per play basis.






2018-2019 squad - As of November 2018

Head coach: Italy Stefano Lavarini

# Name Birth Height Position
1 Brazil Mara Leão 26 September 1991 1.90 Middle-Blocker
2 Brazil Carol Gattaz 27 July 1981 1.92 Middle-Blocker
3 Brazil Macris Carneiro 3 May 1989 1.78 Setter
6 Brazil Lana Conceição 8 December 1996 1.78 Wing Spiker
7 Brazil Maria Luísa Oliveira 12 December 1992 1.82 Opposite
9 Brazil Bruna Honório 3 July 1989 1.90 Opposite
10 Brazil Gabriela Guimarães 19 May 1994 1.88 Outside
12 Brazil Natália Pereira 4 April 1989 1.83 Wing-Spiker
15 Brazil Georgia Cattani 9 March 1997 1.62 Libero
18 Brazil Mayany de Souza 24 November 1996 1.85 Middle-Blocker
19 Brazil Léia Silva 1 March 1985 1.60 Libero
20 Brazil Bruna Rocha Costa 30 January 1995 1.70 Setter


  1. ^ "Lista de Clubes Campeões Brasileiros de Voleibol" [List of Brazilian Volleyball Champions] (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  2. ^ Minas Tênis Clube. "Histórico". Archived from the original on 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2010-01-17.

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