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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
3-8 November 2009

 Press Release
Injuries plague PGE Skra Belchatow ahead of Club World Championship

Lausanne, October 30, 3009 -There’s been good news and bad news for Polish champions PGE Skra Belchatow in the run-up to the 2009 FIVB Men's Club World Volleyball Championship, which will take place in Doha, Qatar in the first week of November.

The Polish champions got their season off to a strong start by beating Pamapol Wielun 3-1 and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow 3-2 in mid-October.

Pamapol is a newcomer to the PlusLiga, but Asseco Resovia finished second last season and its bosses expect the team to be a serious title challenger again this year.

“We are quite happy with both matches,” said PGE Skra coach Jacek Nawrocki. “Especially the match versus Resovia, a replay of last year's final, which was very entertaining, and the level was very high, but we are still making too many mistakes.

“I expect PGE Skra to play even better,” added Nawrocki, who took over as coach in the offseason after three years as assistant to Daniel Castellani, the new coach of the Polish Men’s National Team.

But while the team has got off to a successful start to its league campaign, it recently learned that Michal Winiarski would not return to the lineup until December 15 at the earliest. Winiarski is still suffering from a shoulder injury he acquired last season while playing for Italian outfit Trentino BetClick.

“Michal will be excluded from our roster for the Club World Championship, so he will not play against his former club in Doha. We want to give him as much time as he requires to be fully fit,” said PGE Skra President Konrad Piechocki.

“In the Polish league we also started without two opposites, Mariusz Wlazly and Jakub Novotny, but they have already resumed training. We hope that at least one of them will play in Doha,” Piechocki said.

In the PlusLiga, PGE Skra often plays with no opposite, using three wingers.

“Stephane Antiga, Bartosz Kurek and Michal Bakiewicz are clever and flexible, they understand this system. Of course, it is not ideal, but we were forced to play similar to Italian team Piacenza. I am not sure what system we will choose in Qatar,” Nawrocki said.

“We are a little concerned about the Golden Formula rule. We have practiced it only two hours a week as we cannot devote more time to it than that. Our league matches are too important for us at the moment,” Nawrocki added.

PGE Skra fans are very happy with the form of the team’s two middle-blockers, Daniel Plinski and Marcin Mozdzonek. The duo recorded a total of 32 killing blocks in the first two matches and scored an impressive 98 points in 9 sets.

The rising star of Polish and European Volleyball, 21-year-old Bartosz Kurek, scored 94 points for PGE Skra and tops the league statistics.

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