Volleyball: Poland wins bronze of Nations League

Poland’s national volleyball team defeated Brazil 3:0 and won the bronze medal of FIVB Men’s Nations League (VNL) in Chicago.

Poles managed to defeat the “Canarinhos” despite the fact that their Belgian coach, Vital Heynen, was absent. He decided to return to Poland to join the core of the Polish national team, which is preparing for the qualification tournament to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The squad for VNL finals consisted mostly of reserve players.

Mr Heynen was replaced by one of his assistants, Jakub Bednaruk. It had no effect on Polish players, who performed well from the beginning of the game. They won the first set 25:17, with a significant contribution of the Polish block, which stopped Brazilians several times.

The second part of the match was tighter, Poles still had an advantage, but Brazil managed to reach a result of 23:23. Then, one of “Canarinhos” made a mistake and the set was ended with another good play of the Polish block.

The third set was also more equal than the first, but Poland, thanks to good serves and blocks, managed to secure a victory.

“I cannot describe it. It is an amazing feeling. With so many young guys, altogether pushing one way all tournament – an incredible feeling,” Karol Kłos, the captain of the Polish team said after the match.

Poland finished the competition in third place. Poland’s Bartosz Bednorz, who was the best scorer of the VNL Final Six, was placed in the “Dream Team” of the tournament. The winner of this year’s edition of FIVB Men’s Nations League was Russia, which defeated 3:1 the US in the final of the tournament.