Lemanski and his teammates celebrate another great point against Canada
Varna, Bulgaria, June 11, 2017 – Bartolomiej Lemanski
kill-blocked the Canadian spikers as many as five times to help Poland
earn their first victory at the FIVB Volleyball World League tournament in Varna and overall third on the road to the finals in Brazil. The world champs managed a 3-1 (25-21, 27-25, 20-25, 25-19) win against the North American opponents.
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With this victory Poland kept the tradition to beat Canada by 3-0 or 3-1 every time the two teams meet in an official international fixture. This has happened in all five World League and 11 total matches the two sides have played so far.
The Canadians looked a little bit confused without their captain John Gordon Perrin
and the world champs took a huge eight-point advantage at 18-10. With good defence and offence Canada made a great comeback and was only two points behind at 20-22, but in the end Konarski’s block-out spike finished the set at 25-21 Poland’s way.
Canada responded well in the second set, took control and surged to a 22-18 lead, but the conclusive moments belonged to the Polish players. Bartlomiej Lemanski stopped Sharone Vernoon-Evans
with a monster block to make it 23-23 and, after a perfect float serve ace by Aleksander Sliwka
, Poland were one point ahead. Poland’s captain Michal Kubiak
, who had returned to the court after the ankle injury he sustained during the match on Friday, was the man for the important points in the end of the second set, which came at 27-25 to double his team’s lead.
Canada started to play really well in defence in the third set, which gave them some opportunities on counter-attack and they used them. Nicholas Hoag
scored a well-directed ace near the line to shape up Canada’s 25-20 win.
A powerful spike through the middle by captain Kubiak and a real masterpiece near the net by Fabian Drzyzga
made it 16-13 in the fourth set. Through the end Poland stayed in control of the scoreboard to win it by 25-19 and close the match.