Wagner Memorial: Poland – Slovenia. Bad start for Nikola Grbic’s team
The Slovenians, however, were not in a hurry thunderous cheering Polish fans and without much pressure immediately entered the match strongly. They worked out right from the start a few-point advantage, which over time increased to four “eyes”. To make matters worse – later they were able to successfully defend it. The Poles fought, but to no avail, and lost the first set 21:25.
In the second set, Polish volleyball players did not let their rivals escape quickly. Both teams played for a long time point for point. The first two-point difference came only at 12:10, when the Slovenes took the lead after service aceby Rok Mozic. Unfortunately, our national team was unable to respond quickly, and in addition it caught a bad streak later.
First, Mateusz Bieniek made a mistake after the service, then Karol Kłos was effectively beaten in the block, and then Bartosz Bednorz attacked unsuccessfully. And it became 16:12 for the rivals. An extremely important moment came at 19:16 for Slovenia. Then the Poles scored a point after video verification, and after a while our captain – Bartosz Kurek checked in on the court. The Slovenians, however, were already well fueled. They impressed with great organization and power in their attack.
The same could not be said for the attitude “White and Red” who had problems with the completion of individual balls. That is why our achievements in the second set stopped at 18 points.
The Polish national team lost to nil. The painful beginning of the Wagner Memorial
The beginning of the third set again belonged to the Slovenians. Łukasz Kaczmarek stood out in our attack, but the opponents sometimes they worked wonders on defense, bouncing balls in extremely difficult situations. Sometimes they were also lucky, as if the tape “played along with them”. And when they added an effective block to it, stopping first Łukasz Kaczmarek and then Aleksander Śliwka, it got hot. The Slovenians were leading 11:7 at that time. And they weren’t going to stop at all.
At times, the Polish national team looked helpless against the Slovenians who were so disposed. And it was not changed by the single flashes of Wilfredo Leon and Aleksander Śliwka or the attacks finished by Łukasz Kaczmarek. However, the “White-Red” could not be denied the will to fight. At the first match ball, Wilfredo Leon poured hope into the hearts of Polish fans by sending a service ace. At that time, however, we only scored 21 points.
This could not be enough to keep up with the Slovenes who closed the third game after chilli, winning the match in three sets.
From Tauron Arena Krakow – Tomasz Brożek