The game between Poland and Canada was going to be a tie as both teams lost four games in this year’s edition of the Nations League and won two games each. These results were reflected in the overall tournament standings. Biało-Czerwony took 11th place and their rivals were 12.
League of Nations. The first set for the Canadians
The start of the match belonged to the Canadians who quickly regained a three-point lead. The Polish women, on the other hand, struggled to end the attacks, which, given their well-disposed rivals, did not help offset the losses. For the first technical break, Jacek Nawrocki’s players lost with the score of 5:8.
The Whites and Reds didn’t scare off their rivals with a serve, but they started to score points with a block, thanks to which they gradually reduced the Canadian women’s loss. They managed to draw even before the second technical break, and at 12:12 Shannon Winzer asked for time. Nawrocki’s charges, however, improved the game on several elements, thanks to which they led at 4:15 a few minutes later.
The Canadians continued to block well, adding effective gameplay. It was again in this game that helped them take a three-point lead, and the scoreboard was at one point 21:18. In the end, the North American volleyball players won the first match 25:22.
Poland – Canada in the League of Nations. The second set for the rivals
The first moves of the second game were similar: the Poles had a problem with the organization of the game in defense and attack, which was scrupulously used by their rivals, taking the lead 6-3. Good actions from Stysiak, Łukasik and Smarzek helped Biało-Czerwony to make up for the losses and led to the result of 6: 6. However, it was not enough for the well-disposed Canadians who lost for the first technical break with a two-point lead.
The Polish players played chaotically and positioned themselves badly in defence, which was just grist for the mill for the Winzer players, which increased the advantage and led 13:9. For the second technical break, the players fell with a result of 16:10 for Canada, and Kiera Van Ryk showed two service aces in a row.
The decisive part of the second set was not done much better by the Poles. White and Red made simple mistakes and could only score effectively every few plays. At 9:14 p.m., it became clear to the Canadians that it would be difficult for Nawrocki’s proteges to make up for the party’s losses. And although the successful game of Smarzek-Godek gave the Poles some points, the second set ended with the result 25:21 for the rivals.
The third set for Polish volleyball players
The Canadians started the next set better, taking a 3-0 lead. The Poles, however, managed to quickly recover the losses, and after the attacks by Górecka and the Łukasik block, it was already 5:3 for the Biało-Czerwonych. The Poles went to the first technical break in the lead 8: 7.
After the break, the players from North America quickly started to catch up, thanks to which after some action it was 10: 8 for their rivals. From then on, the match became very close and the two teams played point by point. In the second technical break, the Canadians led by 16:15.
Nawrocki’s charges began to play better which, given the individual mistakes of their rivals, helped them make up for losses. At 9:19 p.m., the Poles were one step away from victory. Biało-Czerwony didn’t give up until the end of the set, winning it 25:21.
The Poles equalized in the game against Canada
The start of the fourth set was even and after some action the scoreboard was 3:3. The players continued to play point by point and it was the Poles who managed to tackle the first technical break with a point in advance.
Biało-Czerwony systematically increased their lead, thanks to which at one point it was already 13: 9 for Nawrocki’s charges. The Polish women left for the second technical break with the score of 16:11. Good attacks from Łukasik allowed the representatives of our country to maintain a safe advantage, thanks to which in the last part of the set it was already 20:16 for the Polish women, who eventually won the match 25:17.
League of Nations. He decided on a tie-break
The game was decided by a tie-break, in which the two teams first played point by point. The Canadians won the first two-point lead, leading to 5: 3. However, the Poles managed to strike four times in a row, so the rivals’ coach asked for time at 7: 5.
The image of the meeting did not change in subsequent actions. Nawrocki’s charges played effectively with a counter which, together with Górecka’s good play and Smarzek-Godek’s attacks, allowed the Poles to develop a five-point advantage. The scoreboard showed 10:5 and Biało-Czerwony was one step away from winning the game. They sealed it by winning the tie-break 15:7 and the whole match 3:2.
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