An extremely difficult match for the Polish volleyball players! A thrilling tiebreak decided the match against Canada

In the first, the Canadian volleyball team had the advantage. After Luke Herra’s service ace they won two points (5:7), after Stephen Maar’s attack they won three points (9:12) and after the Poles’ mistake they won four points (12:16). In the end, the Polish volleyball players chased the result and reduced the gap to two points (21:23), but Eric Loeppky made an effective attack, and in the next action the Canadians added a point with a blockage (21:25). . In this set, the Poles did worse than their opponent in the serving and blocking zone and made more errors.

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The start of the second set was much better for Nikola Grbic’s volleyball players. They started to harass their opponents with serves, the aces were served by Łukasz Kaczmarek (4:2) and Jakub Kochanowski (8:4); In addition, there was a more confident offensive game, tight blocking and the Poles’ advantage grew (13:6, 17:10). After Grzegorz Łomacz’s ace, they had the ball stopped at 24:15, but the Canadians defended on… five consecutive actions. Finally, Bartosz Bednorz closed this part of the match with an effective attack (25:20).

In the third set, after a balanced start (8:8), the Poles took the initiative. The key to this game was a series of points from 12:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. with Bednorz serving. From that moment on, the Polish volleyball players, who played efficiently, retained the advantage and confidently moved towards victory. At 18:12, Wilfredo Leon, who was recently suffering from a knee injury, entered the service. The score was 25:20 with an effective attack from Bartłomiej Bołądź.

The Canadians successfully opened the next set (1:5), but the Polish volleyball players quickly made up for their defeat (9:9). The result hovered around a draw for a while. The Maple Leafs volleyball players gained two points when Loeppky appeared in the service zone (15:17). From that point on, they clearly took off. Maar added an ace (18:22) and the Poles ultimately could not catch up with their rivals. A major downside to their game was broken serves, and one of them closed the set (20:25).

The match was decided on a tie-break. At the change of sides, after the opponent’s missed serve, the Poles had a one point lead (8:7). The result was around a draw. After Kochanowski’s attack, the Polish volleyball players were two points ahead (13:11), but their rivals equalized (13:13). The fate of the match was decided in the end. After a Canadian service error, the Poles had the match ball, but Maar’s efficient attack meant an advantageous game. However, Kamil Semeniuk shone in key actions of the match – his two effective attacks secured the victory (17:15).

Poland – Canada Match summary:

Most points: Bartosz Bednorz (25 years old), Norbert Huber (16 years old), Kamil Semeniuk (15 years old), Jakub Kochanowski (10 years old) – Poland; Stephen Maar (19 years old), Eric Loeppky (16 years old), Arthur Szwarc (11 years old), Jordan Schnitzer (10 years old) – Canada.

3:2 with Belgium, 3:0 with Bulgaria, 3:2 with Canada – the Polish volleyball team goes from victory to victory at the tournament in China. Coach Nikola Grbic’s players will face Mexico in the next round on Wednesday. After victories against the Netherlands (3:2) and Argentina (3:1), the Canadians suffered their first defeat. In their next match, they will play against China.

Poland – Canada 3:2 (9:25 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 8:25 p.m., 5:15 p.m.)

Poland: Łukasz Kaczmarek, Bartosz Bednorz, Jakub Kochanowski, Kamil Semeniuk, Marcin Janusz, Norbert Huber – Paweł Zatorski (libero) and Grzegorz Łomacz, Bartłomiej Bołądź, Wilfredo Leon, Aleksander Śliwka. Coach: Nikola Grbic.
Canada: Luke Herr, Danny Demyanenko, Stephen Maar, Arthur Szwarc, Jordan Schnitzer, Eric Loeppky – Justin Lui (libero) and Brett Walsh, Nicolas Hoag, Jordan Canham, Lucas Van Berkel. Coach: Tuomas Sammelvuo.


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