Poland clinched a Beijing berth by finishing first at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo in May ahead of Serbia and Japan -- confirming their place among the world's elite once more.
The Poles were one of the world's best in the 1950s and 1960s, winning two Olympic bronze medals in Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968.
They also claimed silver in the FIVB World Championships in 1952 and bronze in 1956 and 1962.
Silver medals in the European Championships were gathered in 1950, 1951, 1963, 1967, bronze in 1949, 1955, 1958.
Following on from the heady days of the '50s and '60s, though, there had not been much success over the years, save for a bronze medal in the 1971 European Championships.
This all changed for the better in 2003.
New Head Coach Ryszard Andrzej Niemczyk, back in the hot seat 26 years after his first stint, brought a new spirit and gave inspiration to the previously faithless players of the National Team, somehow inducing them to show their best on court.
Poland's rising power was there for all to see during the World Grand Prix continental tournament in August 2003, when they finished runners-up and claimed a spot for the 2004 Grand Prix.
The Polish then pulled off a huge surprise during 2003 European Championships in Turkey, downing the hosts in straight sets in the Final to claim gold.
The debut of Poland in the FIVB World Cup saw them finish eighth.
In 2005, the Polish defended the European Championship and was working hard to continue its run of success on the road to the 2006 FIVB World Championships in Japan where it had hopes for a medal position.
After success, though, came stagnation in 2006 and Poland ended up only 15th at the World Championship.
Head Coach Niemczyk had resigned from his role before the Championships because of health problems.
He was succeeded by world-famous coach Marco Bonitta. The new Head Coach strived throughout 2007 to rebuild Poland's position among the world's elite.
They claimed fourth place at the European Championships and just missed a ticket to Beijing at the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Germany earlier in the year.