Poland claim last
Greece, August 23, 2004 – Another riveting day of
Volleyball action concluded on Monday with Poland
claiming the last quarterfinal berth in the 2004 Olympic
Games men’s Volleyball competition after sealing a
dramatic five-set thriller 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 23-25,
22-25, 20-18) against Argentina. With seven of the eight
quarterfinalists already confirmed on Saturday, the
final spot in Pool A was left for France and Poland to
compete for. After France’s early morning 3-1 (25-23,
18-25, 25-19, 25-19) win over Tunisia, Poland needed to
claim two sets to stay alive in the tournament and they
did more than enough with their five-set win.
"We played an excellent match,” Poland’s Dawid Murek
said. “It was an extremely important match for us
because it allows us to continue in the next phase of
this tournament. We managed to show everyone that we
know how to play Volleyball."
"I am very pleased today” Polish head coach Stanislaw
Gosciniak said. “Despite the fact that we lost two sets
and Sebastian Swiderski to injury, we managed to
continue to the next phase."
In Pool A’s other match Sydney 2000 champions Serbia and
Montenegro beat Greece in a five-set thriller 3-2
(21-25, 38-36, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12) to claim pole
Meanwhile, all four quarterfinal spots in Pool B were
already decided, but with only the order to be confirmed
both of the top teams were beaten.
World champions Brazil held onto top spot in Pool B
despite suffering their first defeat in the tournament
3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) to USA, while Italy
remained in second place in the pool despite a hard
fought 3-2 (25-16, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13) defeat at
the hands of Russia. USA’s win saw them pip Russia for
The Netherlands won the battle of the wooden spoon,
handing Australia their fifth successive defeat 3-0
(25-22, 25-17, 25-16) to finish in fifth place.
Following today’s matches the quarterfinal draw has been
confirmed with Serbia and Montenegro playing Russia/USA
at 14:00, Argentina playing Italy at 16:00, Greece
playing Russia/USA at 19:30 and Poland playing Brazil at
The quarterfinals of the women’s competition begin on
Tuesday at 14:00 with Japan playing China followed by
Korea taking on Russia at 16:00. At 19:30 Italy play
Cuba before the match of day sees the world number one
USA take on world number two and World Grand Prix
champions Brazil at 21:30.
and France for last quarterfinal spot
ATHENS, 22 August –
One spot at the quarterfinals is still to be decided
between two teams; Poland and France when the final day
of the men’s Preliminary Round action begins on Tuesday.
While Pool B has
already confirmed their quarterfinalists with Brazil,
Italy, Russia and USA just needing to finalize their
order, Pool A has an interesting scenario where France
and Poland must win to claim the fourth quarterfinal
spot behind Sydney 2000 champions Serbia and Montenegro,
Argentina and Greece.
At 09:00 France
will be seeking a straight sets win over Tunisia. The 'tricolours'
not only need to win, but they also have to rely on
Poland losing to Argentina. If France and Poland end up
tied, the sets ratio and points ratio will determine the
Poland and Argentina go head-to-head at 16:00. While
Poland need the victory in order to qualify, the
Argentines will be aiming for Pool A's top spot.
At 11:00 Russia
takes on Italy. Both teams will attempt to improve their
position in Pool B.
meet Australia at 14:00. The two teams do not have any
qualification hopes and will be playing off for the
wooden spoon in Pool B.
Montenegro play Greece at 19:30. The reigning Olympic
champions rebounded from their opening upset against
Poland and proved their quality with three consecutive
wins. Now, they will have to overcome the hosts’
pressure to remain atop of Pool A.
In the final match of the day, Brazil want to retain
their perfect Preliminary Round record against the
United States. The latter have already secured fourth
place but they are searching for a better spot in Pool