Short answer: Yes
The Polish men’s national team built more confidence and momentum heading into the World Championships with two four-set wins over Belgium in friendlies on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Poland’s coach, Vital Heynen, has named his roster for the FIVB World Championships. Pawel Zatorski and Dawid Konarski are trying to get back on top of the podium in Italy this October.
Dmitry Kovalev and Russia are the first to qualify for the VNL semifinals. They clinched a spot in the semifinals when the United States took a 2-0 lead over Poland on Thursday.
Poland’s 3-0 sweep over Australia clinched the last spot in the Final Six on the final day of the pool play.
Five of the six Argentine starters scored in double digits as the team garnered its third win of VNL play against home-standing Australia. Brazil secure its spot in the VNL Final Six with a four-set win over fellow contender Poland with help from a 19-kill effort by Evandro Guerra.
Even with top scorers Artur Szalpuk and Bartosz Kwolek on the bench for most of the match, Poland snapped its three-match losing skid with a sweep of Argentina. Wallace DeSouza scored a match-high 16 points and had help from Lucas Loh and Lucas Saatkamp in leading Brazil to a sweep of Australia, ending a three-match skid.
This will be Koppers’ first professional volleyball adventure outside of Canada
Chronic pink eye and possible peripheral retinal degeneration will bench Polish captain Michal Kubiak for 30-60 days.
Seven service aces and 27 Canadian miscues lifted Poland past Canada and put the home team atop the Volleyball Nations League standings at 3-0 with the maximum nine points, meanwhile Russia put up 12 blocks to end any thoughts of a Korean upset to wrap Pool 3 play on Sunday.