Polish volleyball players won 3-0 with the Russians and will play in the semi-finals of the European championship.
Polish volleyball players defeated the Russians 3-0 in Gdańsk (25:14, 26:24, 25:19) in the quarter-finals of the European championship. They will play for promotion to the finals on Saturday in Katowice against Slovenes or the Czech Republic, who will compete for a place in the “four” on Wednesday in Ostrava.
The advantage of the hosts grew by the minute
The Russians are Olympic runners-up from Tokyo, but now there were no two leading attackers in their line-up – Maksym Mikhailov and Viktor Poletayev, and it was clearly reflected in their game in the European Championships. Yegor Kliuk, the nominal taker, was moved to this position, and before the quarter-finals – after the injury of another attacker Kiriłło Klec – Maksym Żygałow joined the team in an emergency.
“Sborna” recorded a few mishaps in the group stage, and in the 1/8 finals it won with the Ukrainians (3: 1) with some problems. The Polish team has a complete set of victories to their credit, and in the fight for the “eight” they defeated the Finns 3: 0. The match with the Russians was announced as the first serious test in this tournament in a long time (in the group stage they played against the defending Serbs).
The advantage of the hosts – to the delight of the fans who filled the Ergo Arena to the last place – was systematically growing (10: 4, 20:11). The coach of the white and red team could at some point give some basic players a break for a while and it did not disturb his team from the rhythm. Tuomas Sammelvuo, the leader of “Sborna”, tried to change something, but the players introduced by him (including Żygałow) were not able to do anything. Set, clearly won by the world champions, ended Leon’s block on Dmitry Volkov.
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Win despite the troubles
In the next installment, the Poles were not so effective in the offensive, and there were also mistakes in the service. This made the competition much more even. They seemed to have caught the wind in their sails when they scored four points in a row at 15:14. Their joy, however, did not last long, because there were again problems with ending the attack, which were used by their rivals in counterattacks. After the challenge, at Heynen’s request, it was still 21:19, but a draw 21:21 appeared on the scoreboard. The Poles used the second set ball thanks to Kliuka’s automatic attack.
The victory, despite the problems in the fierce second installment, clearly stimulated the world champions. Kurek and Leon harassed their opponents with powerful plays, and Jakub Kochanowski did his job in the service field. The result was a safe, several-point advantage from the beginning of this part of the match (6: 3, 9: 5) and it did not change until the very end. It was a feast in the stands, and in the square for reserve Poles there were a lot of smiles and jokes.
Leon and Kurek scored the most points on their side – 14 -. Kliuk noted the same.
The Poles celebrated Heynen’s jubilee with a valuable victory
The Poles celebrated Heynen’s jubilee with a valuable victory. It was the 100th game for the white and red team led by Belgium and the 76th victory.
From 2018, when the trainer took the lead of the Poles, they faced “Sborna” six times until Tuesday and the balance was so far drawn. Not once, however, did they meet each other in a championship event. Previously, they competed in June in the first phase of LN and the game ended with a 3-1 victory for the world champions. The same result was achieved in the until now confrontation of these teams in the European Championships, and it was a duel for bronze 10 years ago.
Earlier in Gdańsk, the Serbs defending the title defeated the Dutch, also 3: 0. The other two quarter-finals will be held in Ostrava on Wednesday. The rivals for the team from the Balkans will be determined by the match between Italy and Germany. The competition in the medal phase will take place over the weekend in Katowice.
The co-hosts of this year’s European Championships – apart from Poland – are the Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland.
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