Ashley Engle signed with Banca Reale Yoyogurt Giaveno to play as an opposite. The team is being promoted from the A2 to A1 League in 2012/2013
Lauren Paolini and Icos Crema (Italian A2) League won the A2 championship against Sanja Tomasevic's team. Icos will also be promoted to the A1 League next season. No word whether Paolini will stay with the team, but she performed very well over the course of the season.
I am suprised Busto went with Faucette. She didnt play very much for her team last year. She is a solid player, but I'm not sure she is at the level that they will need in Champions League next year. They will most likely have to play her at opposite because she still lacks some consistancy in serve receive.
There are other quality yound Americans out there. In my opinion, someone who would have been a better choice for Busto is Sonja Newcombe. Before she had to leave Turkey she was the top scorer in that league and she is great on defense and passing. I would be suprised is she didnt get scooped up by a top team in Europe for next season.
Wow, how fast they fall! How can this be after the season they had? Just goes to show you how unstable the sport of volleyball is.
It's not purely economical. From the sounds of it, politics is involved. Fenerbahce were counting on getting a wildcard to Champions League for next season but were surprised to learn they were denied. Without a spot in Champions League, it changes their goals for next season, the level of sponsorship and the kind of players they need in the team.