2017 JERZY HUBERT WAGNER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
- August 11th-13th, 2017
- Krakow, Poland
- Tournament Central
After a tough weekend of play, Poland pulled off their seventh all-time victory at the 2017 Jerzy Wagner Memorial Tournament. Despite an early loss on day one to France, Poland pulled it together in the remaining two days to secure enough wins to take the title. Canada finished in last place at the invite, but not without first sweeping the 2017 FIVB World League champions France.
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Canada def. France
- 3-0, (25-22, 25-21, 25-22)
Canada shocked France on day three of the competition, as they swept the match away from the reigning FIVB World League champions. Though, the victory comes without the full strength of the French side, as Earvin N’gapeth sat out along with Julien Lyneel. This, in turn, gave Canada the opportunity to utilize some younger players, giving them more playing time.
“It was a very good tournament for us. Today we did not play against the first team in France, but most importantly we won,” said Stephane Antiga, Canada’s head coach.
France now gears up for the European Championships which are in two weeks, while Canada has a slower month scheduled.
Canada: Sanders (3), Marshall (5), Hoag (21), Vernon (9), Vandoorn (6), Van Berkel (11), Bann (1) and DeRocco, Walsh (1)
France: Clevenot (12), Brizard (1), Boyer (7), Bultor (7), Rossard (8), Chinenyeze (10), Grebennikov (l) and Patry (10), Tillie (l)
Poland def. Russia
- 3-2, (16-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12)
After taking a 2-0 lead in the match, Russia wasn’t able to continue the momentum they fostered in the first two sets throughout the remainder of play. The Poles fought back with all they had to take the five-set victory.
“This victory tastes a little differently. We were already at the wall, but we managed to win by playing mainly young guys, which is very buoyant,” said Poland’s captain Grzegorz Lomacz.
Poland: Muzaj (6), Szalpuk (22), Łomacz (3), Wiśniewski, Bieniek (2), Buszek (3), Wojtaszek Kochnowski (10), Popiwczak (l)
Russia : Volvich (9) Grankin (2) Volkov (12), Markin (2) Mikhaylov (23) Kurkaev (14) Martynyuk (l) and Ostapenko Berhezko (3) Butko (1) Zhigalov (5), Golubev (l)