Poland are the only team that is still unbeaten in Pool B, as on Sunday, Bulgaria lost 2-3 to Germany.
Magdalena Stysiak has been for sure the strongest Polish “weapon” in the past days, finishing as top scorer in all the matches played by her team.
Spain, on the other hand, recorded their first victory in the group on Sunday, when they won after a hard-fought match against Grecee in five sets. Alhtough Spain are the clear underdog in this matchup, the young Raquel Montoro, who was the best for her team in the past days, can cause problems to the Polish defence.
First RefereeChantal KAISERFRASecond RefereeAleksander SIKANJICLIE
Kolodruma is the biggest multifunctional complex in Plovdiv, famous with modern architecture and impressive atmosphere. The hall is unique not only being the only covered Olympic-sized cycling track in the Balkans, but also for being able to host 22 sports at the highest level. Kolodruma has also a hall for warm up trainings, press center, locker rooms, coach rooms, LED screens, underground and grand parking for 438 cars. The Arena is connected to four boulevards so getting there is easy. Capacity: 6100
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City bus lines that have stops near the arena: 4, 10, 17, 99 PLOVDIV AIRPORT – distance to the hall is 12.2 km, cca. 15 min by car. There’s no public transportation from the airport. SOFIA AIRPORT – distance to the hall by car using highway A1 is 151 km and takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. Get directions
Katarzyna grew up in Świecie. In primary school, she trained handball for 2 years, but when the female section was dissolved, the coaches persuaded her to try volleyball. Her greatest achievements so far are the 2x championship of the 1st league & promotion to the Tauron Liga. As well as being called up to the Polish senior national team. She likes to ride her bike, do puzzles & read books.
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Spain greet before the game
Poland team huddle
Spain trying a save
Ace celebrating with Poland
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Smarzek on fire for Poland’s fourth straight win in Pool B
Malwina Smarzek was on fire during Poland’s 3-0 win over Spain in Pool B of the EuroVolley 2021 Women. The result all but ended Spain hopes for qualification to the Round 16 and assured Bulgaria’s and Czech Republic’s progress to the next stage.
● Monday’s match marked Smarzek’s second start of the tournament. And unlike the one against Czech Republic her presence on the court was seen from the get go. She finished the first set with nine winning spikes and a block for a total of 10 points. While Spain managed a paltry 22% kill rate.
● In the second set Polish head coach Jacek Nawrocki put a team of mostly backups. But despite spending most of it out of the court Smarzek still managed 7 points and the team had a whopping 60% kill rate. With suffocating blocks Poland led by as many as 14 points before closing the set 25-15.
● Down two sets Spain showed no signs of resistance. The third set was the most lopsided of the tournament. Martyna Czyrnianska scored as many points as the whole Spanish team. And the 17-point difference is the biggest in all of EuroVolley 2021 Women pools so far.
● Smarzek led all the players in scoring with 22 points. Czyrnianska added 12 while Maria Segura and Raquel Montoro finished as joint top scorers for Spain with 6 each.
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 SPAIN.
POLAND number of service aces compared to SPAIN
Errors leading to points of POLAND, next to those from SPAIN
"It was an easy match, good preparation for the one against Bulgaria. Actually, we expected it to be a bit more difficult because Spain can play good volleyball. They just had a bad day. The good thing for us is that all our players could get on court today."
Middle blocker, Poland
Lucia Varela Gomez
"We could've played better for sure. Obviously, they are a stronger team than us but it is not an excuse. They dominated on all aspects of the game. We gave our best but it was not enough."
Middle blocker, Spain