Piotr Gruszka


Hailed as the biggest talent in Polish Volleyball, 26-year-old Piotr Gruszka feels it’s about time he gained an international senior medal with Poland. Playing domestically with Italian side Adria Volley of Trieste, Gruszka is a specialist server and has developed into a tremendous blocker over the years.

Finishing fifth at the European Championships in Berlin was a disappointment to this sporting perfectionist, however, being named as the tournament’s ‘Best Spiker’ proved that it was through no fault of his own that the Poles didn’t fair any better.

Standing at 206cm, Gruszka is one of the tallest players in the Polish squad. Voted ‘Best Polish Player’ by the Polish Volleyball Federation on three occasions, Gruszka has easily fulfilled all of the promise he had once displayed as a highly successful junior player.

Poland finished last year’s FIVB World League in ninth position and, coming up against France, Bulgaria and Japan in Pool B of the 2004 event, Gruszka will be central to any success his nation may enjoy.