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02/08/2019 23:00
Team Portugal poised to live the EuroVolley dream
CEV EuroVolley 2019 Women

Porto, Portugal, August 2, 2019. Last summer the Portuguese women’s national team returned home from Holte, Denmark, with an important comprehensive 3-0 victory to secure their first EuroVolley participation in history.

Now, a few weeks before action begins at the CEV EuroVolley 2019 Women, where they will fulfil the dream of multiple generations of players, the national team is working hard, remaining focussed on what lies ahead.

“I believe that it was the first EuroVolley qualification of many more to come,” says Vanessa Rodrigues. “The ride to achieve it will always be difficult, but only this way we can enjoy the maximum of our achievements and make history. The starting players are the same as those who achieved this historic qualification last year, but we have a lot of young blood that has increased our quality. We are in the restricted group of the European elite and we are going to face our opponents the same way.”

Vanessa Rodrigues playing for Team Portugal in the European Silver League 2019.

“We have already made the most important step,” continues Marta Hurst. “It was the support not only from the Federation, but also from the athletes that were called on the last few years, and of course a lot of work, sacrifice, team spirit and dedication. This accomplishment is a major thing for women’s Volleyball in Portugal. I hope for the same support in the future.”

“We should always appreciate our achievements, little or big they are,” adds Joana Resende. “In fact, the results have shown an evolution and they only happened due to a lot of work and persistence. It is necessary that we keep working, more and better, so these results keep showing and then become some sort of a habit. Our mentality has to encourage evolution all the time and we have to be always ambitious and always want more. We have our value and the ability to work hard, so I believe we can feature consistently in the final stages of European and global competitions.”