Paola Egonu is an Italian spiker. She was born at Cittadella, in Veneto Italy to Nigerian parents. Her father Ambrose is from Lagos, and her mother Eunice from Benin City. She also has two siblings. Ms. Egonu was one of volleyball’s best kept secrets for years, but now she’s taking over and bringing the sport to the next level. She started playing in her early teens and hasn’t looked back since. She stands at around 6’4 and elevates off the ground to reach heights of 11’4, so we’re pretty sure she can dunk on you if she wanted to.
Ms. Egonu has played in Italy since 2013. She started at Club Italia where she played her first four seasons as a professional. In 2017, she signed a contract with AGIL Novara. Egonu is a part of the Italian national team and she debuted for Team Italy in 2015. Egonu impressed at the 2016 Olympic Games even though Team Italy did not advance past the preliminary rounds. A year later, she helped Italy take silver at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix. Also in 2016, she was selected as the Best Outside Spiker of the 2016 Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament.
Her 2017-2018 season saw her win the Italian Super Cup and the Italian Cup with AGIL Volley, and was also awarded the MVP trophy for best player. Her abilities are astonishing to many who watch her play, and she still has room to grow her game. It’s an understatement to say she has achieved much in her 22 years, in our minds she has overachieved and has so much more to accomplish. Italy has been her home since birth and she plans to bring the country to the volleyball promise land.