The Polish national volleyball team returns to the country without a European Championship medal. In the match to advance to the semi-finals, Stefano Lavarini’s players lost to Turkey 0:3. After the match, the Italian coach had no choice but to congratulate her opponents. He also commented on Katarzyna Wenerska, who did not receive many chances in the match.
Polish volleyball players have completed two of this year’s three events. The bronze medal in the Nations League was followed by a defeat in the quarterfinals of the European Championships. In the semi-final match in Brussels, the Turkish team was stronger. Daniele Santarelli’s players, even if they lost the beginning of the sets, were able to stay focused in the end, winning 3-0.
Stefano Lavarini congratulated the Turkish women
Although the result says one thing, it is difficult to say that the fans gathered in the hall in Brussels witnessed the decisive dominance of the Turkish women. The beginning of the sets belonged to the Polish women, who were able to lead by a few points, even to around 20 points. But then uncertainty came into play. On the other side of the net, the Bosphorus players were able to maintain discipline and effectiveness, winning the final sets. Stefano Lavarini, coach of the Polish national team, did not hide his regret after the match. However, he was able to appreciate the class of his rivals, who, in his opinion, did everything better than his players.
– I end this championship with regret, because we could have played with more risk and pressure than we did today. This was needed to stop the Turkish women, who played very well and deserved to win. From the beginning, they did everything better than us. Even if we were leading at the beginning of the sets, they served and played much better, finding better solutions in attack. We didn’t counter the balls that we should have controlled, said the Italian coach in an interview with Polsat Sport.
Lavarini commented on Katarzyna Wenerska
After the match, supporters discussed Joanna Wołosz’s form on social media. In the previous matches, there was a lot of talk about whether it was worth putting more emphasis on Katarzyna Wenerska, the basic setter during the successful 2023 Nations League. In the match against the Turkish team, the Developres player Bella Dolina Rzeszów also spent a short time on the court. When asked by a Polsat Sport reporter whether Wenerska’s presence would not influence the result of the match, he stated:
– I don’t know how to answer that. We are always asked for excuses, “what ifs.” Katarzyna Wenerska does not accept. Katarzyna Wenerska does not attack. Most of our problems were related to reception and attack, Lavarini replied firmly.
Türkiye will play against Italy in the EuroVolley 2023 final
The Turkish national team, led by Santarelli, will fight for the final of the European Championship against Italy. In the second pair, the Netherlands will play against the winner of the Serbia-Czech Republic clash.