The main setter of the German national team Lukas Kampa is surely not one of the biggest stars on the volleyball court, although he has been pronounced “Best setter” during the World Championship 2014 in Poland where Germany won the bronze medal after a great run and a huge win against France 3:0 in the 3rd place match.
Lukas Immanuel Kampa was born in 1986 in Bochum as a son of Ulrich Kampa, former volleyball player with approximately 100 matches for the German national team. The brother of Lukas – David is also a volleyball player. Kampa started his career on high level in Friedrichshafen and became two times German champion in 2009 and 2010. In 2013 he won the Russian Cup in Belogorie (Belgorod), together with György Grozer. Nowadays Kampa is playing for Jastrzebski Wegiel (Poland) where he gained a Plusliga bronze medal in 2017.
Kampa made his debut for the German national team in 2009 and three years later changed Simon Tischer as a first-choice setter. In addition to the bronze medal from the World Championship 2014 he won also a silver medal during the European Championship in 2017 and a gold medal during the European Games in Baku (2015).
In the national team Kampa has a great communication with the opposite György Grozer especially due to the fact that they played together in Belogorie (Belgorod), as mentioned above, in the 2012/13 season. Grozer is the main choice of Kampa in tough situations – in breakpoint phase, in many cases where the reception is at or behind the third meter line etc. Another defining characteristic of the setting of Kampa is that he doesn’t repeat a set to the same spiker after a mistake.
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