After great pain, Polish volleyball players defeated Belgium 3-2 at the beginning of the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games. The encounter felt like a thriller at the end of the fight. As it turns out, the win has additional, historical significance. Nikola Grbic’s players broke the record.
The Polish national volleyball team certainly did not expect such a demanding opening of the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games. Nikola Grbic’s players had a poor start in the competition in China, fighting until the last ball against Belgium. The opponent, with whom the national team had not had any problems for years, already had the match ball. Ultimately, it ended with a 3-2 triumph for the European champions, but the Serbian coach will receive a lot of material to analyze after the match.
Nikola Grbic’s volleyball players broke the record of Raul Lozano’s team
The Poles have had a difficult experience, and in less than 24 hours they will face another match. Bulgarians can also cause trouble. Despite the poor playing style of the White and Reds, they may have additional reasons to be satisfied apart from the points. The win over Belgium was the eighteenth in a row in official matches. The series began with a 3-1 victory over Italy on June 25 in the Nations League and continued until the end of the VNL and throughout the European Championship.
The victory over Italy in the European Championship final equaled the record set by Raul Lozano’s team in 2006. However, Grbic’s players still needed an additional triumph. It came in the first match of the Olympic qualifications. Therefore, Poles needed just over three months to achieve the historic result.
Poland will play against Bulgaria in the Olympic qualifications
The Poland-Bulgaria match in the second round of the 2024 Olympic qualifying tournament will take place on Sunday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m. Polish time. In the last direct clash (in the Nations League), the Poles won 3:2. After the match against Plamen Konstantinov’s team, the European champions and winners of VNL 2023 will have a day off.