After the first day of the world league tournament in Katowice, Poland and Brazil won their games for 3 points.
Polish team is back home and they were welcome by couple of thousands fans in the Spodek Hall in Katowice. The game with Canada was more exciting that it was expected. At first the guests got a little advantage, but Poles managed to catch them up and it was 16:13 for Poland in the second technical time. After that Canadians again showed their skills and got a tie, but in the end Polish team was stronger – thanks to Bartman and Zygadlo this set finished 28:26 for the hosts.
After this thrilling finish, the rest of the game went rather easily for Polish players. They presented they power, class and team spirit. They didn’t make mistakes in the crucial moments. It was fantastic show of blocks (16 of them in 3 sets!) and a great game of a very young middle blocker Lukasz Wisniewski, who replaced Marcin Mozdzonek and gave three aces and 7 points total. The last point was made by Zbigniew Bartman, who was also the best scorer (17 points). Poland won entire game 3:0 and today they are waiting for Finland.
Canada coach Glenn Hoag: “We started well in the first set, but then Poland took control. Our reception was really bad and there was no comparison between my team and team Poland. They played great in block. I want to emphasize how happy I am with my opposite, Gavin Schmitt. Not only with his spikes, but also with serves and most of all his leadership skills.”
Poland coach Andrea Anastasi: “We showed some really good skills today, probably the best in this year’s edition of the tournament. Our block was truly really great. For me the most important goal for this tournament is to maintain my team’s spirit and mental preparation for the Olympics.”
In the second game, Brazil stood against Finland. It was real execution. Brazilian players, after a quite poor weekend in Toronto got back in the game and showed all they’ve got. It was also the come back for Murilo, who didn’t compete in Canada two weeks ago. In the whole game, Canada scored 41 scored points and 13 of them was Brazilian mistakes. Their best player was definitely Mikko Oivanen with 14 points, but the rest of the team did really poor that day. The game finish 3:0 (25:13, 25:14, 25:14) and Finns could not name it a good day.
Finland captain Tuomas Sammelvuo: “There’s not much to say. We played really bad, there was no aggression on our side. Brazil played great with block and defense. We have to show something more tomorrow, because today we made a step back comparing to what we did in Toronto.”
Brazil captain Murilo Endres: “We played a really good match tonight. I think our serve was very good, we also scored many points with block. We’ve practiced it a lot. I hope tomorrow we’ll play even better.”
Finland coach Daniel Castellani: “They understood where our problem was and they used it. We didn’t push our service too much. We know after today what our biggest troubles were.”