The 34-year-old former Czech national team player, Kamil Baranek, has been brought in as a medical replacement for Greg Petty, who seriously injured his knee in Rennes 35 Volley‘s first match of the season against Paris Volley. Petty, a former first-team All-American while at Lewis University, had just transferred in to the French side after professional stops in Finland and Greece.
After three seasons in the second division, Rennes Volley 35 returned to French Ligue A for the 2017-2018 season, but the side has yet to rebound from the loss of Petty, dropping their first three matches and winning only a single frame against Arago de Sete. The 6-5 (198 cm) Baranek has been declared eligible for the side’s Saturday, November 11 match against Tourcoing Lille, which will be streamed live at 8 p.m in France (2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT).
This will be the fourth Ligue A team of Baranek’s long career, having previously played for Paris Volley (2016-2017), Tours VB (2012-2014) and Stade Poitevin Volley Beach (2006-2009). With Tours VB, Baranek won the French Cup and two Ligue A championships.
Kamil Baranek’s Playing Resume
- Paris Volley (France), 2016-2017
- Power Volley Milano (Italy), 2015-2016
- Galatasaray Istanbu (Turkey), 2014-2015
- Tours VB (France), 2012-2014
- Volley Seagrate 1978 (Italy), 2011-2012
- UPCN Voley Club (Argentina), 2010-2011
- Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece), 2009-2010
- Stade Poidevin Volley Beach (France), 2006-2009
- Trentino Volley (Italy), 2005-2006
- Fratra Zlin (Czech Republic), 2002-2004
- Volejbal Brno (Czech Republic), 2000-2002