Poland Names 18-Player World League Roster

  0 Braden Keith | May 17th, 2017 | European volleyball, FIVB World League, International Volleyball, News

Poland has announced an 18 player roster for the 2017 FIVB World League competition that begins in early June. That roster will be whittled down to 14 for each match, but all 18 are available to coaches for selection.

All but 2 of Poland’s 2016 Olympic Team are among the 18 selected for this year. Among those missing are middle blocker and jersey #1 wearer Piotr Nowakowski, who has been on the team since their 2009 European Champion, and including their 2012 World League and 2014 World Championship titles. He and his wife are expecting their first child this summer. The other absent player is 22-year old outside hitter Bartosz Bednorz, who has been with the National Team since the 2015 World League.

Returning for the team includes Michal Kubiak, who had 9 kills, and Bartosz Kurek, who had 10, in Poland’s quarterfinal exit against the United States in Rio.

Poland’s first pool play action in Group 1 will be at the Pesaro, Italy site, where they’ll be tested early against Brazil, Italy, and Iran from June 2nd-4th. Brazil and Italy are the defending Olympic gold and silver medalists, and Iran finished 5th – the same as Poland – at that tournament.

Maciej Muzaj attacker
Dawid Konarski attacker
Marcin Komenda setter
Łukasz Kaczmarek attacker
Bartosz Kurek recipient
Karol Kłos middle
Andrzej Wrona middle
Bartłomiej Lemański middle
Damian Wojtaszek libero
Fabian Drzyzga setter
Grzegorz Łomacz setter
Michał Kubiak recipient
Aleksander Śliwka recipient
Kacper Piechocki libero
Paweł Zatorski libero
Rafał Buszek recipient
Mateusz Bieniek middle
Artur Szalpuk recipient

Coaching staff and medical

Ferdinando De Giorgi  coach
Piotr Gruszka  assistant coach
Oskar Kaczmarczyk  II assistant coach
Jan Sokal  main doctor
Tomasz Pieczko  physical preparation coach
Iwo Wagner  statistics
Michal Roczek  physiotherapist
Krzysztof Zając  doctor
Wiesław Maroń  doctor
Andrzej Wołkowycki  manager
Krzysztof Michalski  statistics
Mariusz Szyszko  spokesman
Hubert Tomaszewski  manager

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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