Lodz, Poland, July 3, 2010 – Poland's high hopes were stunned by the young Cubans on Saturday, as the visitors demolished the European Champions. The home side had no answers for the great serves and efficient blocking from their rivals and couldn't win even a single set. It means that Cuba stay on top of the Pool D and are only a small step from reaching the Final Round of the 2010 FIVB World League.
Theoretically Poland still have a chance to play in the Final, although even a maximum number of points from the three remaining matches gives them no guarantee.
“We still think about playing in Cordoba. We know it's possible, but today's loss made it much more complicated”, Polish wing spiker Michal Ruciak said.
His teammate Bartosz Kurek was definitely more emphatic: “We realize that we lost not only a game, but also a chance to play in Argentina. However I believe we can play much better on Sunday and satisfy this amazing crowd here in Lodz”.
Poland were out-blocked by Cuba 10-2, as the hosts managed to stop their rivals' first attack at the beginning of the final set. Cuba's win could have been even more impressive, but they gave up 24 points from their errors.
Orlando Blackwood's team is on fire. Young Cubans won both matches in Germany last weekend and are on track to do the same in Poland. Sunday's game will be their last on the European soil in this year's competition and they will surely give their best to win again. However Daniel Castellani's team is like a sleeping giant and can wake up at any moment. Polish fans hope it will take place in Atlas Arena, on Sunday and they will try to help to make it happen.