Marcin Mozdzonek and Jakub Jarosz (POL) block Luis Diaz
Poland, July 1, 2009 – Brazil is probably the best team in the world and we’re
happy we had a possibility to play against them. It always hurts when you
loses, but I’m sure it will bring profits in the future – said Polish opposite
Marcel Gromadowski after the third weekend of the 2009 FIVB World League.
Poland didn’t get a set in two confrontations with world champions and nearly
touched the bottom of the pool’s D table. Now the young Poles will face
Venezuela – a team they already beat twice in this year’s competition.
is definitely within our reach. We were able to win both matches on their soil,
and we expect another wins here in Wroclaw – said Polish wing-spiker Michal
Ruciak. If we improve our attack, I have no doubt we’ll beat them on Friday and
Saturday – Ruciak adds.
atmosphere in the Venezuelan camp is far from idyllic. The South Americans lost
twice to the Finns last weekend, but lived another setback when their setter Rodman
Valera injured his knee.
participation in the upcoming matches is very doubtful – said Venezuelan head
coach Jose Gutierrez.
middle of the competition Poland and Venezuela have five points each and their
chances to get the first place in pool D are only mathematical. The Poles still
believe they can get a wild card to the Belgrade Finals, but to make it happen
they have to take the second place in their group. First step to achieve that is to beat
Venezuela in Wroclaw.
- I can
assure all the fans we’ll fight until the last ball. Our goal is to get six
points from those two matches in Wroclaw – Ruciak said.
It is the
third time Poland and Venezuela meet in the intercontinental round of World
League. In their first encounter in 2001 Venezuela beat Poland in four sets,
but then lost three successive matches. In 2003 the Poles also won three out of
four. Two weeks ago, in La Guaira, Poland achieved two victories.
head coach Jose A. Gutierrez: I hope my team will play well. We expect very close
games and we’ll do our best to win both matches. We have some injury worries. Ivan
Marquez and Rodman Valera aren’t 100%
fit, but we have to cope with it.
captain Andy Rojas:This weekend will be
very important for us. Like Poland we have five point from six matches and
those two games in Wroclaw have big significance. We only won once, but few times
we lost after a five-set battle.
coach Daniel Castellani: Venezuela is a strong team. They fight hard in every
match. This weekend we’ll try to move up in the table. To do that, we need two
wins. For me is also important to see progress. I need to know that my team is
improving, especially in the elements we work so hard on during trainings. This
is a group of young and very talented players. They can achieve a lot.
captain Michal Bakiewicz: We’re very
happy to play again in front of this fantastic Polish public. Our goal is to
win both matches. We did it in Venezuela and we want to repeat it here in
Wroclaw. We know it won’t be easy, but we’ll do our best to satisfy all the