It was in Rzeszow that he joined the volleyball elite, enjoying massive
media exposure and becoming part of the FIVB Heroes campaign, yet
having rejected two previous offers from Russia he has now embarked
on a fresh challenge at Lokomotiv Belgorod after achieving “the
maximum” he felt possible in Poland. The move “wasn’t just about
money”, he stresses, explaining: “This is a unique opportunity to
develop myself while being surrounded by some of the world’s finest
players, not to mention that the Russian league is certainly the best out
there at the moment.”
Son of a volleyball player, Grozer is known for his power and ferocious
jump serve. One of his rockets was measured at a speed of 127 kmph at
Earls Court during the Olympics, yet he managed 128 kmph in Poland
and believes he “can improve in terms of accuracy and efficacy”. His
rise has not been entirely smooth, though. A circulation problem in
his right arm stopped him playing for a period in 2011, and he has
struggled subsequently to get insured when representing Germany –
an issue that many players are being confronted with” and one, he
says, that needs addressing.
Brought up in Moers in western Germany, he is a friendly, down-to-
earth figure who enjoys his down time at home with his Polish wife and
five-year-old daughter. “My closest friends have absolutely nothing to
do with volleyball,” he says of his life off the court. On it, however, as
the Olympics showed, he is a different animal altogether.
Grozer spiked and blocked his way to a record 39 points
against Serbia at Earls Court
He was voted Germany’s player of the year for the third
consecutive time by the country’s volleyball fans