11. 08. 2019

OQT M: No.2 spot for Olympics secured – world champions Poland go to Tokyo

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Poland recovered from a set down against Slovenia to become the team No.2 who secured a spot in the Men’s Volleyball Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via FIVB International Qualifier.

 

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland)

The hosts Poland needed to take only one set in the last round match of Pool D in Gdańsk against Slovenia to mathematically secure a top spot and a berth for the Olympics. But, it did not go smoothly as they thought it would be.

Slovenia had their own calculations: they had to record a straight-set win and a point difference of 17 or more overall to advance to Tokyo. Even the outcome of the first match in the pool suited them, as Tunisia ripped off one set from France. At first, Slovenia silenced 10,000 spectators at the Ergo Arena by winning the opening set against the host nation, reducing the necessary gap to 13 points. Poland reacted quickly and tied in sets at 1-1 – their celebration could begin!

 

In the third set, Poland head coach Vital Heynen changed all players on the court except libero Zatorski and middle blocker Bieniek. The bench players did their best to show off to Belgian expert, even managed to turn around Slovenia’s lead of a 5-1 in the fourth set.

Mateusz Bieniek top-scored for the winning side with 12 points (3 aces). Karol Kłos set up 4 kill blocks. Klemen Čebulj tallied 20 points for Slovenia, while Alen Pajenk added 4 kill blocks.

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):

Egypt – Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 31-29, 25-17)

Bulgaria – Brazil 2-3 (25-23, 25-19, 30-32, 16-25, 11-15)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):

Netherlands – USA 1-3 (18-25, 20-25, 25-17, 21-25)

South Korea – Belgium 0-3 (25-27, 21-25, 24-26)

POOL C (Bari, Italy):

Cameroon – Australia 0-3 (17-25, 16-25, 18-25)

Serbia - Italy 0-3 (16-25, 19-25, 19-25)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):

France – Tunisia 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22)

Poland - Slovenia 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):

Cuba – Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22)

Russia - Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):

Canada - Finland 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-20)

China – Argentina 2-3 (25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 9-15)

Standings

 

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