13. 09. 2019

She’s a phenomenon: Youngest player at U18 World Championship is only 13 years old

Source: u18.girls.2019.volleyball.fivb.com; Photo: u18.girls.2019.volleyball.fivb.com

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Believe it or not, the youngest player at the ongoing FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship is only 13 years old!


Irene Mpeti Lelo set new limits in Women’s Volleyball. The outside hitter of DR Congo National Team competed in the 2019 U18 World Championship in Ismailia and Cairo (Egypt) at the age of 13. She was the youngest player in the tournament in which her national team debuted.

And although she cannot be compared to the Cuban Melissa Vargas who made her senior national team debut at the same age, Mpeti is a real phenomenon. Congo finished the tournament last placed in Pool D by losing all games and all sets. However, she was the best scorer of her team in two matches out of four that Congo played in the pool stage.

Mpeti, a member of the club in her home country named VC Ouragan Kinshasa, comes from a volleyball family as her grandmother Micky Mpeti was a famous Congolese player.



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