Italy’s Egonu wins women’s 2022 Volleyball Nationals League (VNL) Finals MVP.
Italy bagged their first women’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Gold Medal after beating Brazil in the final in Ankara, Turkey.
It was Europe vs. South America this year. Italy tallied 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 against Brazil, who bagged their third consecutive VNL silver medal.
Paola Egonu, this year’s Women’s VNL Finals MVP, tallied 21 points with three power blocks, while outside hitter Caterina Bosetti added another 11 points. Paola definitely showed her unstoppable stellar performance in the event to lead Italy to gold.
Apart from being named the Most Valuable Player of the Women’s VNL 2022, the 23-year-old Italian star was also chosen as the Best Opposite Spiker and included in this year’s VNL Dream Team.
The seven players of the VNL Dream Team were honored during the Awarding Ceremony after the final match on Sunday in Ankara, Turkey.
- Best Setter: Alessia Orro (Italy)
- Best Opposite: Paola Egonu (Italy)
- Best Outside Hitters: Caterina Bosetti (Italy) and Gabriela Guimaraes (Brazil)
- Best Middle Blockers: Jovana Stevanovic (Serbia) and Ana Carolina Da Silva (Carol) (Brazil)
- Best Libero: Monica De Gennaro (Italy)
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Paola Ogechi Egonu (born 18 December 1998) is an Italian volleyball player. She also plays for the Turkish volleyball club VakıfBank S.K. and is part of the Italy women’s national volleyball team. She participated in the 2018 Montreux Volley Masters, 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championship, and 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League.
On club level, she played for Club Italia in 2015. She was selected to play in the Italian League All-Star game in 2017. In 2017 she moved to AGIL Novara. She was awarded the prize for Woman of the Year 2019 by D – la Repubblica delle donne, a weekly magazine of la Repubblica.
She was one of the flagbearers of the Olympic Flag at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.