The MVP and Best Scorer (171 points in 11 games) of the 2018 FIVB World Championship, which he won with Poland national team, Kurek, joined the 2019/20 roster Monza. A 30-year-old opposite hitter, named the 2018 best volleyball player in Europe by the CEV, came to the SuperLega side from ONICO Warszawa, with whom he became the runner-up in the Polish league.
Thus, Kurek returned to the Italian top-flight after four years as he won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup with Cucine Lube Civitanova in the 2013/14 season (his first season of the two with Lube). Prior to that, “Bartek” won three consecutive league titles and two Polish Cups in his home country with PGE Skra Bełchatów.
Kurek’s career in Poland national team has been crowned with three major gold medals: in the 2009 CEV European Championship, 2012 FIVB World League and 2018 FIVB World Championship. Individually, his most prominent recognitions are: the 2009 FIVB Club World Championship Best Scorer, 2009 CEV EuroVolley Best Scorer, 2011 FIVB World League Best Scorer, 2012 FIVB World League MVP, and 2018 FIVB World Championship MVP and Best Scorer.
In addition to Kurek, Monza engaged young libero Filippo Federici (Aeronautica Militare Club Italia Crai Roma, Division 2), French outside hitter Yacine Louati (Kioene Padova), and another libero – Riccardo Goi (Consar Ravenna). The club extended with the setter Tomasz Calligaro, Bulgarian middle blocker Viktor Yosifov, and Czech outside hitter Donovan Džavoronok.
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