Polish setter Fabian Drzyzga in the Lokomotiv Novosibirsk jersey
Moscow, Russia, June 13, 2020 – Who were the best foreign players of the 2019-2020 men’s Russian Superliga? Match TV
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10. Drazen Luburic (opposite; club: Belogorie Belgorod; country: Serbia; age: 26; height: 2.06m)
The 2016 FIVB Volleyball World League gold medallist and reigning 2019 European champion scored a total of 288 points (32 aces, 8 blocks) and was the sixth best scorer of the Superliga season. He will play for Lokomotiv Novosibirsk next season.
9. Ian Iereshchenko (outside hitter; club: Yenisei Krasnoyarsk; country: Ukraine; age: 30; height: 1.97m)
A Ukrainian national team player and fourth best server of EuroVolley 2019, he was the ninth best scorer of the Superliga season on a total of 282 points (26 aces, 19 blocks). He was voted Yenisei’s best player of the season by the club’s fans.
8. Krisztian Padar (opposite; club: Fakel Novy Urengoy; country: Hungary; age: 23; height: 1.97 m)
The young Hungarian international was the fourth best scorer of the Superliga season on a total of 303 points (30 aces, 24 blocks). Between seasons, he transferred to Japan’s Toray Arrows Mishima.
7. Gyorgy Grozer (opposite; club: Zenit Saint Petersburg; country: Germany; age: 35; height: 2.00 m)
A bronze medallist of the 2014 FIVB World Championships and silver medallist and Dream Teamer of the 2017 CEV European Championships. He was the best server of the Superliga season with 33 aces to his name. He was also the second best overall scorer on a total of 340 points (33 blocks). Grozer was voted Zenit’s best player of the season by the club’s fans. He has moved to Italy’s Gas Sales Piacenza for the upcoming club season.
6. Maciej Muzaj (opposite; club: Gazprom-Ugra Surgut; country: Poland; age: 26; height: 2.08 m)
Having medalled three times with the Polish national team in 2019 (silver at the FIVB Volleyball World Cup, bronze at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and bronze at EuroVolley), Muzaj went on to become the best scorer of the Russian Superliga season with an amazing 436 points (12 aces, 26 blocks) to his name and was the best attacker on a total of 398 spikes.
5. Dmytro Pashytskyy (middle blocker; club: Kuzbass Kemerovo; country: Ukraine; age: 32; height: 2.09 m)
On a success rate of 66%, the Ukrainian middle was one of the most effective spikers of the Superliga season. He scored a total of 177 points (11 aces, 35 blocks) to finish 34th on the overall scoring chart. Kuzbass have already announced his departure from the club.
4. Earvin Ngapeth (outside hitter; club: Dinamo Kazan; country: France; age: 29; height: 1.94 m)
A two-time champion and MVP of the FIVB Volleyball World League, silver medallist of the 2018 VNL and a 2015 EuroVolley champion and Dream Teamer, Ngapeth helped Zenit Kazan to the bronze medals of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship, the silver medals of the Russian Superliga and the Russia Cup trophy. He was one of the best receivers of the season (57% good reception) and scored a total of 227 points (27 aces, 19 blocks) to finish 16th on the overall scoring chart.
3. Oreol Camejo (outside hitter; club: Zenit Saint Petersburg; country: Cuba; age: 33; height: 2.07 m)
The former Cuban international and 2013 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championship silver medallist with Lokomotiv Novosibirsk was the fifth best scorer of the Superliga season on a total of 298 points (26 aces, 41 blocks). He also registered 40% good reception.
2. Sam Deroo (outside hitter; club: Dinamo Moscow; country: Belgium; age: 28; height: 2.03 m)
The captain of the Belgian national team was the eighth best scorer of the Superliga season on a total of 282 points (17 aces, 23 blocks) and registered 40% good reception. He was voted Dinamo’s best player of the season by the club’s fans.
1. Fabian Drzyzga (setter; club: Lokomotiv Novosibirsk; country: Poland; age: 30; height: 1.96 m)
The reigning two-time world champion (2014 and 2018), two-time World Cup medallist (2019 silver and 2015 bronze) and bronze medallist of the VNL (2019) and EuroVolley (2011, 2019) captained Lokomotiv to a historic national title in Russia. The playmaker also scored 22 points (8 aces, 11 blocks) during the Superliga season. He has moved back to his homeland Poland to join Asseco Resovia Rzeszow.
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