For the setter born in Buenos Aires, the fourth and last tournament with the Vero Volley Monza jersey was the best of his 14 consecutive seasons in Italy, which will be remembered for winning the Cev Cup, the first historic continental trophy of the Brianza after that of the CEV Challenge Cup 2019 and the CEV Cup 2021 with women’s training. In addition to the success in Europe, the team led by coach Massimo Eccheli hit the final in its first participation in the Final Four of Del Monte @ Supercoppa.
Santiago Orduna was a great protagonist of the Monza regular season which then closed with a seventh place. The Play-Off goal for Eccheli and his staff was achieved for the third consecutive year (the 2019/2020 season is not considered, since it was interrupted much earlier for Covid), then losing against Civitanova in the Quarter Finals, in addition to access to the Del Monte®Coppa Italia for the seventh consecutive year.
In his fourth and final season in Brianza Santiago Orduna was the most present player on the taraflex with 35 games and 125 sets played. There are 38 points on the scoresheet (6 aces, 14 blocks and 18 second rounds), between championship and Play-Off Scudetto, Play-Off 5th place, Del Monte Coppa Italia and Del Monte Supercoppa (ex aequo with the Czech hammer Donovan Dzavoronok, who can boast the same number of matches and sets played by the Italian-Argentine director).
In the previous 14 seasons in Italy, 8 in Superlega and 6 in Serie A2, he totaled 407 games overall (232 in Superlega and 175 in Serie A2), with 193 wins (110 in Superlega and 83 in Serie A2) and 214 defeats. Except for his first season in Italy with the Sp Catania jersey led by the Italian Argentine Hugo Conte, where he played with the number 10, he has always worn the number 5 shirt.
Santiago Orduna trained in volleyball in Argentina. He started playing at the age of 13, joining the youth teams of the Banade Club in Buenos Aires, where he remained until 2002. He moved with his family to Spain (his father, Guillermo Orduna, is a coach), making his debut in the top flight in the 2002–2003 season with the Club Vigo Voleibol jersey. In the following season he returned to Argentina, with the colors of Nàutico Hacoaj, and then moved, in 2004-2005, to Club Ciudad de Bolìvar, also in the Primera Division. In the 2006–2007 season he returned to Spain, signed with Club Voleibol Elche, then in 2007–2008 in Numancia, with which he won the King’s Cup. In Italy Santi, as he is “affectionately called”, has definitely risen to prominence. He was noticed by Catania in the second national category in the 2008-2009 season, then moved to Città di Castello (2009-2011) and Reggio Emilia (2011-2013), before accepting the courtship of Padua with which he immediately won Serie A and the Scudetto playoffs last season (2013–2014).
He stayed for three seasons with the patavini, then in 2016-2017 he moved to Modena with Azimut, winning an Italian Super Cup in 2016. In 2017-2018 he arrived in Ravenna: with the Bunge he won the Challenge Cup, before moving on to Monza where he was one of the great protagonists of the Brianza team’s last four seasons.
With the albiceleste jersey he entered the youth national team in 2000. In the same year he won a bronze at the South American Under 19 championship and at the South American Under 21 championship in 2002. In 2006 he made his first call to the senior Argentine national team, with which he won silver in 2007 at the South American championship, also obtaining the award as best setter, and with whom he plays until 2009.
THE WORDS OF SANTIAGO ORDUNA-
After four decades, three of which spent in Italy, and equally distributed between Serie A2 and Superlega, what are the reasons that still push you to play?
” I like playing, being on the pitch, training. I love this sport, being a team, being in the locker room. Fighting, trying to win all the games make me feel alive and stimulate me to move forward. I like the challenge and try to involve everyone to give their best. In short, everything it means to live a competitive season. I don’t see my life away from the playing fields “.
What does it mean for you to leave Monza to land in a square like Vibo with a thirty-year past and which this year restarts from Serie A2?
” Monza is the team where I have played the most throughout my career. In recent years we have experienced great emotions and certainly my contribution has also been fundamental. I helped bring the team where it has never gone before. That of landing in Vibo was an important choice. It is a serious company, which has always shown that it wants to do well, and that it wants to work. Several times we have always been very close and this year we have reached an agreement. It will be an honor to wear the Tuna Callipo shirt and defend the yellow and red colors “.
Can you tell us who Santiago Orduna really is?
” I consider myself a guy who has accumulated a bit of experience over time. Volleyball has been my daily bread since I was a child. My father is a coach and everyone in my family has somehow practiced this sport. I always feel young, I like to find moments of lightness with teammates but when there is work to be done I do not skimp on commitment and energy, always trying to put the maximum seriousness and intensity into my daily activities. I am very competitive and I like to win “.
In our opinion, the most intriguing aspect of this new Giallorossi project could also be knowing the starting point, but not the arrival point. Do you agree?
” The market is still open and therefore we have to wait to know the full profile of the team. I am curious and motivated to share working days and competitive adventures with a new group. The project is very interesting. It will be the field that will prove our worth and where we can go “.
All the coaches you have worked with over the course of your over twenty-year career have always recognized your leadership qualities by being able to give the right balance to the group. Will it also be a commitment with Vibonese training?
” Leadership is not something that is imposed, it must be earned with behavior, with demonstrations. I appreciate this recognition. I am demanding with myself and also with others. I am very happy to have had that role in the teams where I played and I believe that together with all the others we will be able to build a good group to take away great satisfactions, give our best every day to achieve our goal. “.
THE WORDS OF SPORTS DIRECTOR NINNI DE NICOLO-
” He is a player who has excellent technical qualities as well as considerable experience gained over the many seasons in which he played in Serie A2 and in the Super League. Intelligent tactical team management and a great personality on the pitch and in the dressing room are his main qualities “.
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