D'Amico returns to Lube, will be the deputy Balaso

AS Volley Lube announces the arrival in red and white with a three-year contract of the free Apulian Francesco ‘Ciccio’ D’Amico, who in the last two years in Bergamo has dominated two Regular Seasons, also winning the Del Monte® Coppa Italia Serie A2 / A3 2021 and the two editions of the Del Monte® Supercoppa di category. Also important are the individual statistics, which in the 2021/22 tournament saw him enter the top five in the role during the regular season, thanks to 187 perfect receptions in 81 sets, and at the top between Regular Season and Play Off with a weighted average of 6. , 34, the highest.


For the athlete born in Ostuni (BR) on 9 October 1999, 183 cm tall and a natural talent shown since the beginning, a leap in quality is expected in the roster of Italian champions after having cut his teeth with the GoldenPlast Potenza Picena in A2, in the parenthesis in A3 with the GoldenPlast Civitanova (four call-ups in the first team in the Lube and a winning path in the Academy), and strong two seasons as a protagonist in Bergamo in A2. Experiences that have facilitated the growth of the athlete without affecting the genuine love for volleyball cultivated in Serie C (a promotion to the assets) and in B with Volleyball 2000 Ostuni.


Welcome back home ‘Ciccio’!

” Holy words! I felt good in Bergamo and I feel I have grown both as an athlete and as a man, but I am tied to the Marche and to the warmth of Civitanova. The environment and the hospitality remind me a lot of my Ostuni. The environmental factor influenced the choice to return… home. I will find many friends! “.

Will you feel the burden of going from a big in the A2 to the Italian champions?

“I have yet to realize what is happening to me. Just a few years ago, as a spectator, I stopped Juantorena after the matches to get a souvenir photo and now I’m part of this great team. A dream that comes true! I will not feel any weight, but I know well that I will have to work hard and live every workout to the fullest to provide the necessary support and do my duty in the group! “.

You’ve had a taste in the past, at least in training.

” Yup! I did the preparation with the big names of SuperLega when I played in A3 in the GoldenPlast Civitanova, which at the time was the second red and white team. La Lube also called me for four matches, but there was no official debut ».

Do you think you have changed over the years?

” Surely! Now I feel more like a man on and off the pitch. I am master of my means, I am perfecting my playing technique and I have well understood the importance of work and sacrifices in the life of an athlete to obtain results at these levels! “.

After years as the undisputed owner, you will now have the European champion Fabio Balaso as your teammate. How do you live the situation?

«Training with champions of this caliber will be formative. I want to get stronger and prove myself worthy. The idea of ​​being a reserve prompted me to reflect, but in front of me I have Balaso, the best ever! I couldn’t let a train get away. With a three-year course, Lube proves to believe in me! “.

How did coach Graziosi react to the news that he was going to lose you?

«The president of Bergamo would have liked me to stay, but the coach Graziosi and all the others have defined it as an unrepeatable opportunity for me! “.

How do you spend your time between one reception and another?

«As soon as I can I also practice other sports! Except for the championship period, in the summer months, consulting the trainer first, I play tennis, padel and basketball! “.

La Lube is very active on the market. What effect does it have on you to be part of such an ambitious project?

«Indescribable! It will be great to train with so many established athletes at the highest levels! How nice to be confronted with senators who have won everything and, at the same time, to share the path with young people already at the top! “.

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