Player of the Week: Malwina Smarzek
She has been top scorer of the competition in both editions so far of the VNL, grabbing 361 points in 2018 and smashing that record with 421 points in 2019.
Her 42 points in just four sets against Bulgaria in 2019 pool play still stands as the best scoring performance in the short history of the competition and Smarzek actually appears ten times within a total of 33 entries in the list of players who have scored 30 points or more in a single VNL match.
The 24-year-old opposite began her volleyball career in her hometown of Lask, but quickly moved up the ranks even as a junior, to play with Sosnowiec, Legionovia and Chemik Police in Poland, before moving to Italy to play in arguably the top league in the world.
Smarzek joined Foppapedretti Bergamo in 2018 for two seasons, before moving this year to Igor Gorgonzola Novara, ahead of the 2020-21 season.
But, aside of two Polish championship titles with Chemik Police, it is with the national teams of her country that Smarzek has made a name for herself - her first distinction coming in the form of a gold medal at the 2013 European U18 Championship.
In addition to her VNL feats, Smarzek was also in top-scoring form at the qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - though it was just not enough to see Poland through from either the Intercontinental or the European qualifiers.
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Player of the Week features:
Week 1: Yuji Nishida
Week 2: Annie Drews
Week 3: Klemen Cebulj
Week 4: Brayelin Martinez
Week 5: Milad Ebadipour
Week 6: Gabi Guimaraes
Week 7: Karol Klos
Week 8: Onuma Sittirak
Week 9: Simone Giannelli
Week 10: Eda Erdem
Week 11: Tsvetan Sokolov
Week 12: Sarina Koga
Week 13: Louisa Lippmann
Week 14: Facundo Conte
Week 15: Ding Xia
Week 16: Matt Anderson
Week 17: Britt Herbots
Week 18: Wilfredo Leon
Week 19: Nataliya Goncharova
Week 20: Jenia Grebennikov
Week 21: Kim Yeon Koung
Week 22: Wallace De Souza
Week 23: Paola Egonu
Week 24: Egor Kliuka
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