SPECIALITY 12-team Tournament

Date of birth: 02/10/1988

Place of birth: Spoleto

Height x weight: 2,02 x 100

Position: Opposite Spiker

First Club: Edilpac Foligno Volley

Club: Cucine Lube Civitanova

First Coach: Vietcheslav Zaytsev

Coach: Gianlorenzo Blengini

Other sports: Tennis, Basketball

Hobby: Videogames

Relationship Status: Married

Olympic Games Participation:

2 (Londra 2012, Rio 2016)


He’s the face of Italian volleyball in the collective imaginary. His aces and spikes are capable of winning the hearts of the fans and drawing many people closer to volleyball. The “Zar”, as he's fondly known, is also the national team skipper. He was born 32 years ago in Spoleto, where his father Vjaceslav - a former Russian Olympic volleyball champion - used to play. His mother Irina is a former swimmer instead. Just like his father, he was a setter at the beginnings of his volleyball career. Then, in 2008 (after a short stint in beach volley where he also won an Italian Championship) he accepted to change his position moving to hitter and drawing attention from the National Team. Today, he is Kuzbass Kemerovo's opposite hitter, has been married to Ashling since 2013 and is a father of three: Sasha, Sienna and X. After the bronze and silver medals won respectively at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games, he is now ready for the Tokyo Games going for nothing but gold.



Olympic Games

Londra (GBR) 2012
Rio (BRA) 2016

World Championships

4° Italia 2010
13° Polonia 2014
5° Italia-Bulgaria 2018

European Championships

Austria-Rep. Ceca 2011
Danimarca-Polonia 2013
3° Bulgaria-Italia 2015
6° Francia-Slovenia-Belgio-Olanda 2019

World Cup

4° Giappone 2011 

2° Giappone 2015

Other Games