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Overview

Poland is an unbeaten leader of Pool A, the hosts hope to win their last match in front of a home crowd in Kraków, as the competition will move to Gdańsk on Thursday. Ukraine after beating Belgium on Tuesday earned a spot in the eight finals along with Poland and Serbia, but they will try to challenge the reigning world champions in this encounter. Especially that leaders of both teams Oleh Plotnytskyi and Wilfredo Leon used to play together in the club - under guidance of Vital Heynen.

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  • Officials
    First Referee
    Salvis KURTISS
    LAT
    Second Referee
    Bogdan Laurentiu STOICA
    ROU
  • Venue Information
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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
  • How To Attend
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    Stanisława Lema 7, KRAKÓW, 31-571 Capacity: 14978

    TAURON Arena Kraków is located 4 km from the Main Market Square in Kraków, at Lema Street, between Al. Pokoju, Mogilska Street and al. Jana Pawła II, in XIV Czyżyny District. There are road signs all over the city showing the directions to TAURON Arena Kraków. The venue is well connected with the rest of the city. There are bus and tram stops in the nearby, taxi rank and the car park with over 1300 spaces. One can get to TAURON Arena Kraków by bike – the cycle routes connect the rest of the city. There are bicycle racks for over 200 bikes in front of the building. Get directions

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POLAND

Address

ul. Puławska 383 WARSAW

Contacts

phone +48 22 462 82 20 email pzps@pzps.pl
Team Leaders
Outside spiker
Outside spiker
Team Schedule

Previous Games

19/09/2021 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
18/09/2021 vs. 1 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
14/09/2021 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 29
    Competitions Played
  • 3
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 9
    Matches Played
  • 8
    Matches Won
  • 89%
    Win %
  • 25
    Sets Won
  • 785
    Points Won
  • 55%
    Attack %
  • 52%
    Reception %

Team

C
13
KUBIAK Michał
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 2/23/1988
  • Birth Place: Wałcz
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg
1
NOWAKOWSKI Piotr
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 12/18/1987
  • Birth Place: POLAND
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 103 kg
5
KACZMAREK Łukasz
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 6/29/1994
  • Birth Place: Krotoszyn
  • Height: 204 cm
  • Weight: 99 kg
6
KUREK Bartosz
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/29/1988
  • Birth Place: Wałbrzych
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 95 kg
9
LEON VENERO Wilfredo
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 7/31/1993
  • Birth Place: Santiago de Cuba
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 95 kg
10
WOJTASZEK Damian
Libero
  • Birth Date: 9/7/1988
  • Birth Place: Milicz
  • Height: 180 cm
  • Weight: 78 kg
11
DRZYZGA Fabian
Setter
  • Birth Date: 1/3/1990
  • Birth Place: Bordeaux
  • Height: 197 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
12
ŁOMACZ Grzegorz
Setter
  • Birth Date: 10/1/1987
  • Birth Place: Ostrołęka
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
14
ŚLIWKA Aleksander
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 5/24/1995
  • Birth Place: Jawor
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
15
KOCHANOWSKI Jakub
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/17/1997
  • Birth Place: Giżycko
  • Height: 199 cm
  • Weight: 85 kg
16
SEMENIUK Kamil
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 7/16/1996
  • Height: 194 cm
  • Weight: 84 kg
17
ZATORSKI Paweł
Libero
  • Birth Date: 6/21/1990
  • Birth Place: Łódź
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight: 72 kg
20
BIENIEK Mateusz
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 4/5/1994
  • Birth Place: Blachownia
  • Height: 208 cm
  • Weight: 98 kg
21
FORNAL Tomasz
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/31/1997
  • Birth Place: Kraków
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 92 kg

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Recent Results

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POLAND

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UKRAINE

Player Statistics

Match Report

Poland cement top spot in Pool A

Article 8 September 2021

In their last match of the pool phase, co-hosts Poland - the only unbeaten team in the group - fought against a Ukraine side who were already confirmed as finishing 3rd, knowing that a win would take them back to the top of the pool.

The game started with the home side securing a three-point advantage (8-5), but when the gap suddenly increased to six points, a time-out was requested by the head coach of Ukraine, Ugis Krastins (15-9). It proved to be in vain though, as the reigning World Champions easily made it to the end, achieving an impressive first set result of 25-15.

The Ukrainians were eager to battle and took the lead in the beginning of the second part (6-3). The middle blocker of Poland, Piotr Nowakowski, filled in the gap with a series of aces, along with a huge contribution from outside spiker Wilfredo Leon. Polands players took the initiative (21-16) and in consequence became the winner of the second set (25-20).

Between the second and third set, a special celebration took place in the Arena. Polish fans, as well as the volleyball authorities, congratulated Filip Lejawa and Aleksander Czachorowski, who had gained the silver medal in U-18 Men’s Beach Volleyball European Championship.

The ambitious Ukraine side refused to give up and bravely tried to force the match into the further set (16-16), but Poland was strongly motivated to finish its performance in the pool phase in this set (21-19). In the end they successfully closed the match with an ace from opposite Bartosz Kurek (25-21) and sealed their position at the top of the Pool A. They will face the team who finish 4th in Pool C in the Eighth Finals this weekend.

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"We played much better than Ukraine. It was visible that this game didn't have any meaning for them and they were not fully focused, because they can play much better. But the result is like it is and we like it, because we came here to win this match."

Jakub Kochanowski
middle blocker of Poland

"It was hard to find motivation. We just gave the opportunity to play to other players. They played and they could feel the court and atmosphere here. Time on the court is always better than sitting on the bench, and I think it will help us in the playoffs."

Oleh Plotnytskyi
captain of Ukraine

The match in numbers

85
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

73
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

6542
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

127
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

49%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

8-7
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of POLAND compared to UKRAINE.

6-1
Ace Count

POLAND number of service aces compared to UKRAINE

38-46
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of POLAND, next to those from UKRAINE