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Polish volleyball fans had been eagerly awaiting this news – Bartosz Kurek’s triumphant return to the game after a lingering injury, which had plagued him since his time with the national team. The talented attacker made his comeback on Saturday, playing for his team, Wolfdogs Nagoya, against Osaka Sakai, and it was nothing short of remarkable.
Kurek’s Road to Recovery
The past few months have not been easy for Kurek, thanks to a hip injury that has been bothering him since the international season. This injury forced him to miss the latter stages of the European Championships and dashed his hopes of participating in the Olympic qualification tournament in China. Despite the setbacks, the experienced attacker remained focused on regaining his health and rejoining his Japanese club, where he has been a pivotal player for several years.
On Saturday, fans finally had the opportunity to witness Kurek’s stellar performance on the court. Wolfdogs Nagoya began their season last week with a two-game series against JTEKT Stings, winning one and losing the other. This weekend, they faced the league-leading Osaka Sakai, defeating them 3-1, with Kurek playing a significant role.
"KURAŚ" IS BACK❗— Jakub Balcerzak (@Jakub110Jakub) October 28, 2023
Wolfdogs Nagoya wygrywa (3:1) z Osaką Sakai! Bartosz Kurek notuje bardzo dobry występ! 👏
🇵🇱 BARTOSZ KUREK vs OSAKA SAKAI:
▪️54% w ataku (21/39)
▪️41% eff. w ataku
▪️1 as serwisowy
▪️3 punktowe bloki
BRAWO, "KURAŚ"! 👏#podsiatka pic.twitter.com/8XxqFIhTmz
Kurek’s attacking prowess was evident as he received 39 balls and scored 21 points (with a 53% offensive success rate). He also contributed with three blocks and an ace in his serving. On average, his team outperformed their rivals, particularly in the attack (55% to 46%).
The second match between Wolfdogs Nagoya and Osaka Sakai is set for Sunday at 5:00 AM Polish time.