Polish Volleyball hero Mariusz Wlazly returns to national team
The comeback of the world-class opposite currently playing for PGE Skra BELCHATOW was announced on Polsat by the head coach of the Polish national team, Stéphane Antiga.
Another player who is coming back to the group is setter Pawel Zagumny who did not play for Poland for the past two years. Lukasz Zygadlo, who got injured shortly before the start of the current season, is also among those listed by Antiga for the 2014 campaign whose climax will be the World Championship that the world’s Volleyball “Mecca” is going to host from August 30 to September 21.
“I have called up players with experience and whose quality is well-known. I have nominated 26 players because the season will be very long and we have many competitions ahead,” the French-born mentor said.
Poland will start their campaign already in mid-May with the second round of qualification for the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship where they will take on Slovenia, Latvia and one team qualifying through the First Round. If they finish first at the end of the double round robin in Wroclaw and Ljubljana Poland will book their spot for the Final Round to be co-hosted by Bulgaria and Italy in September 2015.
The Polish national team will also participate in the FIVB World League as well as in the CEV Volleyball European League later this summer. This will be Poland’s debut in the European League where they were assigned to Pool A alongside the likes of Greece, Montenegro, Romania and Azerbaijan. “The calendar is very tight and the risk of an injury is always round the corner, so that is why I called 26 players,” Antiga stressed.
The players will meet on May 5 in Warsaw and straight away move to Spala to prepare for the start of the season. “I can’t way for that day to come. My wish is that our season will end on September 21 in Katowice, playing for a medal at the World Championship,” Antiga said.
The 26 players called by Antiga to compose the roster of the Polish national team for the 2014 season are:
Setters: Fabian Drzyzga, Pawel Zagumny, Lukasz Zygadlo, Pawel Woicki
Opposites: Grzegorz Bociek, Mariusz Wlazly, Dawid Konarski, Zbigniew Bartman, Dominik Witczak
Wing-spikers: Michal Kubiak, Michal Winiarski, Bartosz Kurek, Michal Ruciak, Mateusz Mika, Rafal Buszek, Wojciech Ferens
Middle-blockers: Piotr Nowakowski, Marcin Mozdzonek, Lukasz Wisniewski, Karol Klos, Lukasz Perlowski, Andrzej Wrona, Piotr Hain
Liberos: Pawel Zatorski, Damian Wojtaszek, Krzysztof Ignaczak