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Zatorski (17) is celebrated by his teammates after the awarding ceremony

Poland’s first-ever Volleyball Nations League title was historic in more than one way as it also featured the selection of Pawel Zatorski as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, which made of him the first libero to be handed the award in five editions of the event.

The 33-year-old Zatorski is one of the faces of the Polish national team and the only player to have been on the squads that took gold at both the 2014 and 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championships to continue with the roster in the VNL 2023 Finals.

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The experienced libero was one of four Polish players selected for the VNL 2023 Dream Team – two players from second-placed the United States and one from bronze medalists Japan completed the tournament's ideal lineup.

Most Valuable Player: Pawel Zatorski (Poland)
Best Setter: Micah Christenson (USA)
Best Opposite: Łukasz Kaczmarek (Poland)
Best Outside Hitters: Aleksander Śliwka (Poland) and Yuki Ishikawa (Japan)
Best Middle Blockers: David Smith (USA) and Jakub Kochanowski (Poland)
Best Libero: Pawel Zatorski (Poland)

This was the third time that Zatorski was selected as the best libero in a major international tournament as the defender has also been named the best player in his position at the 2018 World Championship, which was won by Poland, and the 2015 FIVB World League, when the Polish were fourth.

The veteran libero ranked second in digs in the VNL Finals with 26 and seventh in successful passes, with 12. Considering the entire tournament, he had 77 digs and 32 passes in ten matches played.

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