Mexican Rangel on the move to Russia’s Dinamo Metar
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, August 12, 2020 – Star outside hitter
Samantha Bricio won’t be the only Mexican national team player
competing in the 2020-2021 edition of the Russia League.
Opposite Andrea Rangel is set to take the same route after she
signed with Dinamo Metar.
The 27-year-old Rangel, who has captained the Mexican national
team for several years now, will have her first experience of
playing in Europe next season with Dinamo Metar, who returned to
the Russian top division in 2014-2015 and finished 11th in the
last two campaigns.
“I’m very grateful about this opportunity especially considering
the difficult times we’re living in,” she told Mexican website
Zocalo. “I decided to look for an opportunity to play in Europe
this season and fortunately Dinamo were interested. I should
travel to Russia in the next few weeks so I can join the team
and start chasing my dreams.”
After playing for Mexican club ITESM Monterrey in the first
three seasons of her career, Rangel spent the last five years in
Puerto Rico, playing for Orientales de Humacao and Changas de
Naranjito. She last played a match on March 4, when the Puerto
Rican season was suspended.
“I’ve been working out with weights and doing some cardio since
then to keep my form,” the 1.80m-tall Mexican explained. “I’ve
tried to work a little bit with the ball as well because keeping
my strength, my form and my touch is very important.”
Rangel has been a member of the Mexican national team since 2010
and has appeared in some major international tournaments,
including the 2014 and 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championships,
the 2014 and 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, the 2011
Pan-American Games and the 2020 NORCECA Olympic Qualification
Tournament, where she was voted best spiker.
Her older brothers Jesus, who recently retired, and Pedro are
also longtime members of the Mexican men’s national team.