Thaísa Menezes

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Thaísa Pallesi
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Personal information
Full nameThaísa Daher de Menezes Pallesi
Born (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 32)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Spike318 cm (125 in)
Block308 cm (121 in)
Volleyball information
PositionMiddle blocker
Current clubMinas Tênis Clube
National team

Thaísa Daher de Menezes (born 15 May 1987 in Rio de Janeiro) or simply known as Thaísa Menezes or Thaísa, is a professional volleyball player from Brazil.


Menezes was part of the Brazilian team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1]

Menezes won the silver medal with Sollys Osasco at the 2010 FIVB World Club Championship. She also earned the Best Spiker award.[2]

At the 2011 Pan-American Cup, Menezes was given the Best Blocker award,[3] and also won the gold medal with her national team.[4]

Menezes was part of the national team who won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico.[5]

In the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, Menezes won the silver medal with her national team and the individual award of Best Blocker.[6]

Menezes was part of the national team which won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, UK.

Playing with Sollys Nestlé Osasco, Menezes won the gold medal and the Best Spiker award in the 2012 FIVB Club World Championship held in Doha, Qatar.[7]

Menezes claimed the silver medal in the 2014 FIVB Club World Championship, playing with Molico Osasco, when her team lost 0-3 to the Russian Dinamo Kazan the championship match. She was named among the championship Best Team as Best Middle Blocker.[8]

Menezes played with her national team,[9] winning the bronze at the 2014 World Championship[10] when her team defeated Italy 3-2 in the bronze medal match.[11]


Menezes is of partial Lebanese origin. She is often cited in social media as one of the sexiest female volleyball athletes.[12]. She was previously married to Guilherme Pallesi.






  1. ^ "Thaísa Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  2. ^ FIVB. "Fenerbahce crowned Women's Club World champions". Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  3. ^ NORCECA (2011-07-09). "Brazilian Sheilla Castro the MVP of the Pan Am Cup". Retrieved 2011-07-09.
  4. ^ Confederación Sudamericana de Voleibol (2011-07-10). "Copa Panamericana Femenina: Brasileñas son nuevas reinas" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  5. ^ FIVB (2011-10-20). "Brazil wins fourth Pan Am Games gold medal". Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  6. ^ FIVB (2012-07-01). "USA complete World Grand Prix title hat-trick". Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  7. ^ "Trentino Diatec and Sollys Nestle crowned in Doha". Doha, Qatar: FIVB. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
  8. ^ "Russia's Kazan capture Women's Club World championship in style". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2014-05-11. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  9. ^ "Team Roster – Brazil". FIVB. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  10. ^ "USA win first World Championship title, China and Brazil complete the podium". Milan, Italy: FIVB. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  11. ^ Carneiro, Leandro (12 October 2014). "Brasil passa sufoco e quase toma virada, mas conquista bronze ante Itália". UOL (in Portuguese). Milan, Italy. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  12. ^ "TOP-10 Most Beautiful Volleyball Players of the Olympic Games- Rio 2016". Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  13. ^ "Brazil win record 11th title in World Grand Prix". Fédération Internationale de Volleyball. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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Preceded by
Croatia Nataša Osmokrović
Best Spiker of
FIVB Club World Championship

Succeeded by
Croatia Nataša Osmokrović
Not awarded
Preceded by
China Wang Yimei
Best Server of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
Turkey Neslihan Demir
Preceded by
Russia Iuliia Morozova
Brazil Juciely Barreto
United States Christa Harmotto
Best Blocker/Middle Blocker
FIVB World Grand Prix

ex aequo Serbia Milena Rašić
ex aequo United States Rachael Adams
Succeeded by
Brazil Fabiana Claudino
Russia Irina Fetisova
Brazil Ana Beatriz Corrêa
Serbia Milena Rašić
Preceded by
United States Megan Hodge
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
Japan Yūko Sano