“A win against Germany is a huge thing for us with this squad being at such a disadvantaging age and experience. Regardless of how this championship ends, how it unfolds, for these girls such a match is a mile step ahead. I am very happy that they pushed through mentally and physically because this match cost us a lot of sweat and nerves” said Jacek Nawrocki, coach of Poland.
Top scorer of the Polish team was Malwina Smarzek with amazing 36 points! : “At 17-14 in the fourth set for Germany, I attacked the block and the referees did not see it – even on the challenge; it would have been 17-15, but instead it was 18-14 and Germany were about to finish it 3-1 and that was a turning point. We got so mad about losing this important point that I, for instance, stopped thinking about the direction of the attack, whether there was a block or not, so this point gave us more power instead of letting us down. Right now, it is no use thinking about what happens after the pool phase, we need to leave the group first and for sure we will be happy with every win without thinking too much about what is going to come. We do not have that much pressure on us as for instance our men’s national team had in their European Championship.”
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