Poland remains the only unbeaten team in Pool A. On Saturday, the hosts defeated in a thrilling five-setter the defending champion Serbia, but on Sunday they struggled in the game against winless Greece, and they needed four sets to beat them. The reigning world champions have to arm with their strongest powerguns for the encounter against Belgium. Even, if Belgium has only one win to their name, the team headed by captain and leader Sam Deroo (59 points so far) will do their best to challenge star-studded Poland.
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TAURON Arena Krakow has become a cultural, sports and business showcase of Krakow. It is the largest in Poland and one of the world’s most modern sport and entertainment venues. The venue consists of the Main Arena and the Small Hall. The possibility of any configuration of the audience, convenient facilities for athletes and performers, Europe’s largest LED screen installed on the façade, extensive multimedia and stage systems, as well as very good acoustic conditions of the facility, are the features that will meet the requirements for events of any scale and different nature. Capacity: 14978
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Born 21.06.1990 in Łódź, Poland. A double (2014&2018) World Champion and five-time champion of Poland with many other medals from top tournaments, including the World Cup, EuroVolley, World League and VNL. The 2021 Champions League winner, with numerous “best libero” awards to his name. He is a “good spirit” of the team, lending his energy and enthusiasm to his colleagues in court.
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Poland cement spot at top of Pool A
The only unbeaten team from the pool A, the national team of Poland, battled against Belgium in front of an excited crowd of over eight thousand fans in the TAURON Arena Kraków to further cement their position as the top team in the group – having already qualified for the next phase.
The reigning World Champions started to push their opponents straight from the beginning building a 9-6 lead and with the help of the outside spiker Wilfredo Leon’s power in the serving field, had shifted the opening part their way (15-9) as they moved beyond half way. The set finished with an effective block from middle blocker Piotr Nowakowski, the best scorer from the match the day before against Greece.
After the first set loss, the players of Fernando Munoz were highly motivated to take revenge on Poland and did their best in order to have this set to their names (17-14), but Poland managed to bring it back to themselves and tied the result (19-19). Finally this set was won by the co-hosts as well and again with a fantastic block, this time performed by Łukasz Kaczmarek (26-24) sealed a two set lead.
In the third set the Belgians pushed hard to force the game into the fourth part (9-9), partly thanks to an incredible performance from the spiker Hendrik Tuerlinckx, who achieved an amazing 79% of the effective attack with 15 scored points in the match. The dominance of the block by Vital Heynen’s players was key to Poland’s victory (16 blocks in total in this match against only 6 Belgian ones) and helped set the result to 19-12. The outside spiker Tomasz Fornal appeared on the court as a substitution and closed the match by scoring the last point for Poland (25-16).
"I'm the most happy about our straight-set victory, because we are getting closer to complete this phase as a pool winner. The team is the most important for me, but obviously I'm glad about my performance as well. I felt great on the court, but this win is the most important. The atmosphere here is amazing, it's great to play again in front of our fans."
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"Today we played a very good game and Poland is Poland - they are the world champions and you can see it on the court. We tried to play our best volleyball, but it was not enough."
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The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of POLAND compared to BELGIUM.
POLAND number of service aces compared to BELGIUM
Errors leading to points of POLAND, next to those from BELGIUM