Friday, 22 September 2023

International Volleyball

Poland On Course for European Volleyball Championship Success

Poland On Course for European Volleyball Championship Success

Poland is bidding to win their first Men’s European Volleyball Championship since 2009, based on the early stages of the 2023 event in Italy, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Israel.
In what has been a dominant start to the competition, Poland won all its opening four matches in Pool C, with victories coming against the Netherlands, Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Denmark.

Poland Now Favourites to Go All the Way

Heading into the round of 16, Poland is the +200 favorite in the online betting for the tournament. If they continue to produce the same level of performance as they did in the group stage, those odds are going to look great at the end of the competition. It will also be their second major success of the year after winning the Volleyball Nations League back in July.
Lukasz Kaczmarek leads the way in scoring for Poland. He has recorded 31 points, with a set average of 4.43. Marcin Janusz has also impressed in the tournament, as he is third in the setter ranking with an efficiency of 57.97%. That is only bettered by Spain’s Ruben Lorente Camacho and North Macedonia’s Filip Despotovski.

Poland will face Belgium in the last 16 as they look to book their spot in the quarterfinals. That game will take place in Bari, Italy. Belgium finished fourth in Pool A, with a 3-1 success against Estonia helping them to secure their place in the knockout stages.

Victory in the European Volleyball Championship will help Poland cement their first-place position in the FIVB world rankings. It will also be a big boost to them ahead of the Olympics in France in 2024. The last time they won the gold medal at the Olympics was in Montreal, Canada in 1976.
Hosts Italy Lead the Challenge Against Poland

Italy, who are third behind Poland and the United States respectively in the world rankings will be hoping they can make home advantage count in the knockout stages of the European Volleyball Championship. The defending champions have looked strong in the group stages, finishing in first place in Pool A. They did not drop a set in their opening four matches.

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