Cucine Lube Civitanova raises the wall and fills up with determination. A.S. Volley Lube announces the hiring until 2027 of the middle blocker Giovanni Maria Gargiulo, a Campania athlete born in 1999, 210 cm tall, Neapolitan originally from Sorrento. Fresh from salvation with the Gioiella Prisma Taranto and from the end-of-season experience with the Transalpines of the Turcoing Lille Metropole, fourth in the championship, the giant about to don the chef’s jacket comes from a period full of commitments, crowned by the call up to the blue team by part of CT Fefè De Giorgi for the collegiate match at the beginning of May in Rome. Gargiulo is also preparing to renew his business card with the title of doctor in Sports Sciences, thanks to the master’s degree obtained last Thursday with a grade of 110 cum laude.

On Monday 20 May, at 6.00 pm, the new entry will meet journalists and fans at the Eurosuole Forum for a presentation press conference.

His sporting Palmares boasts a silver at the U19 European Championships in 2017 and a second silver placed around his neck in the expedition with the national category team at the U21 World Championship in Barhain in 2019. The latter adventure was a prelude to his journey in the Super League Credem Banca, faced the series for two seasons as a central third at the Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia and then opened a new chapter of two very positive years at the Gioiella Prisma Taranto, in which he showed clear progress. In the 2023/24 Regular Season the former Ionian member printed 36 winning blocks, forming with his teammate Jendryk Jeffrey an airtight and aggressive duo in front of the net.

Second son of a family in which no one had ever played volleyball, Gargiulo arrived in the world of volleyball almost by chance at the age of 15, testing himself in the nursery of Castellana Grotte, encouraged by a family friend who was impressed by the tonnage. Giovanni, who practiced swimming and tennis at the time, decided to follow his instincts, the rest is history. The athlete played for five years in Puglia, continuing his growth in A2 and standing out as a prospect before taking flight in the top flight.

All biceps and power on the taraflex, intellectual and thoughtful off the pitch, between one game and another the new Lube center back loves to alternate the reading of philosophy essays with entertainment with detective novels, rigorously great classics.