Beauty and brawn: 22 more reasons to stay tuned to FIVB World Club showpiece
A lot of players are attracting a lot of attention in the FIVB Women's World Club Championship with powerful performances matched by their stunning looks. Jerome Ascano

WITH the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in full swing, Filipino volleyball fans have been enjoying world-class action on home soil.

But it’s not only the game that’s taking center stage at the Mall of Asia Arena when the tournament kicked off on Tuesday until its culmination on October 23. Some players from the eight participating teams are turning heads with their powerful performance matched by their stunning looks.

SPIN.ph compiled this stellar list of some of the world’s most gorgeous and skilled volleyball players that mix power and grace so effortlessly on the court. Olympic-level of competition is already a joy to watch, but here are 22 more reasons to stay tuned to this tournament.

 

Mariana Costa

Club: Volero Zurich

Playing position: Outside Hitter

Playboy Magazine cover girl

 

Julie Lengweiler

Club: Volero Zurich

Playing position: Outside Hitter  

 

Gabi Guimaraes

Club: Rexona Sesc-Rio

Playing position: Outside Hitter

Brazil national team member

Won the gold medal in the 2016 World Grand Prix

 

Ana Carolina Da Silva

Club: Rexona Sesc-Rio

Playing position: Middle blocker 

Brazil national team member

Won the gold medal in the 2016 World Grand Prix

 

Anne Bujis

Club: Rexona Sesc-Rio

Playing position: Outside Hitter

Netherlands national team member

Lauren Gibbemeyer

Club: Pomi Casalmaggiore

Playing position: Middle blocker

USA national team member

Won the gold medal in the 2015 World Grand Prix

Klara Peric

Club: Pomi Casalmaggiore

Playing position: Setter

Croatia national team (Under 19)

 

Rachael Adams

Club: Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul

Playing position: Middle blocker

USA national team member

Won the gold medal at the World Championship in 2014

 

Neslihan Demir

Club: Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul

Playing position: Opposite spiker

Turkey national team member

2012 London Olympics flag bearer

Hande Baladin

Club: Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul

Playing position: Opposite spiker

Won the silver medal at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship

 

Kimberly Hill

Club: VakifBank Istanbul

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Playing position: Outside hitter

USA national team member

Won silver medal in 2016 CEV Champions League

Won gold medal in 2016 Turkish League

2016 Turkish League MVP

Hatice Gizem Orge

Club: VakifBank Istanbul

Position: Libero

Turkey national team member

2016 CEV Champions League Best Libero

2016 Turkish League Best Libero

Lonneke Sloetjes

Club: VakifBank Istanbul

Playing position: Opposite spiker

Netherlands national team member

Won a silver medal in 2015 European Championship

Won a bronze medal in 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix

Fourth place in 2016 Rio Olympic Games

 

Naz Aydemir Akyol

Club: VakifBank Istanbul

Playing position: Setter

Turkey national team member

2012 London Olympics

 

Karina Krause

Club: Bangkok Glass

Playing position: Middle blocker

Thailand national team member

 

Ashley Frazier

Club: Bangkok Glass

Playing position: Opposite spiker

Yumi Mizuta

Club: Hisamitsu Springs Kobe

Playing position: Middle blocker

 

Maja Tokarska

Club: Hisamitsu Springs Kobe

Playing position: Middle blocker

 

Rachel Anne Daquis

Club: PSL-F2 Logistics Manila

Playing position: Outside hitter

National team member, SEA Games 2015

 

Mika Reyes

Club: PSL-F2 Logistics Manila

Playing position: Middle blocker

 

Yevgeniya Nyukhalova

Club: PSL-F2 Logistics Manila

Playing position: Opposite spiker

 

Lindsay Stalzer

Club: PSL-F2 Logistics Manila

Playing position: Outside spiker

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