Chronic pink eye and possible peripheral retinal degeneration will bench Polish captain Michal Kubiak for 30-60 days.
Germany led Poland in all facets of the game and overcame a 21 point effort by Michal Kubiak for a four-set victory on Sunday, handing Poland its first VNL loss. Chuan Jiang’s efforts were finally rewarded as he poured in 30 points for No. 20 China in a five-set win over No. 10 France.
China had the top scorer in the match, but Poland owned nearly every other statistical category, rolling to an easy sweep and a 5-0 record atop the Volleyball Nations League standings. Thibault Rossard and Barthelemy Chinenyeze took their turn in the spotlight as the top scorers for France as the team swept past Germany in all phases of the game.
Nine blocks and 24 French errors as well as a key substitutionary effort by Dawid Konarski lifted Poland to a sweep of France and a perfect 4-0 VNL mark. Chuan Jiang turned in a match-high 24 points for China, but it was not enough to lift the team to an upset of No. 10 Germany.
Russia and Poland each turned in 13 blocks in a pair of Day 1 sweeps to open Volleyball Nations League Pool 3 play in Katowice.
Poland, thanks to the healthy return of Dawid Konarski, will be the most complete offense in pool 3 this week. But, they’ll need Bartolomiej Lemanski (above) to step up and support the middle.
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