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17th Edition
31 July - 23 August 2009

 POL / Poland - Team Composition

Team manager KOSINSKI Edward Ryszard
Head coach MATLAK Jerzy
Assistant coach MAKOWSKI Piotr
Doctor REKAWEK Krzysztof
Therapist / trainer MOSTOWSKI Jerzy
Journalist MAGIERA Marek
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata Skowronska K. 30/06/1983 189 75 314 296 Rabita Baku
  L 2   Mariola Zenik Zenik 3/07/1982 175 65 300 295 Bank BPS Muszynianka
  3 Anna Wozniakowska Wozniakowska 2/03/1982 182 74 310 289 Calisia
  4   Dorota Pykosz Pykosz 22/10/1978 182 70 310 290 Muszynianka
  5 Maja Tokarska Tokarska 22/02/1991 193 72 317 293 Tauron MKS
  6   Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza Bednarek-Kasza 20/02/1986 185 71 310 295 Bank BPS Muszynianka
  7 Izabela Belcik Belcik 29/11/1980 185 65 304 292 Atom Trefl
  C 8   Dorota Swieniewicz Swieniewicz 27/07/1972 180 64 315 305 Santeramo Sport
  L 9 Agata Sawicka Sawicka 17/01/1985 180 64 295 277 Impel
  10   Klaudia Kaczorowska Kaczorowska 20/12/1988 184 68 303 281 Atom Trefl
  11 Anna Werblinska Werblinska 14/05/1984 178 66 308 292 Bank BPS Muszynianka
  12   Milena Radecka Radecka 18/10/1984 177 65 302 295 Azerrail
  13 Paulina Maj-Erwardt Maj-Erwardt 22/03/1987 166 58 277 255 BKS Profi Credit Bielsko Biala
  14   Eleonora Dziekiewicz Dziekiewicz 25/10/1978 185 75 307 295 Calisia
  15 Katarzyna Gajgal Gajgal 21/09/1981 190 85 300 287 Bank BPS Muszynianka
  16   Aleksandra Jagielo Jagielo 2/06/1980 180 70 308 291 Bank BPS Muszynianka
  17 Joanna Kaczor Kaczor 16/09/1984 191 64 305 290 Tauron MKS
  18   Berenika Tomsia Tomsia 18/03/1988 188 72 310 302 Saguella Team Monza
  19 Joanna Wolosz WoÅ‚osz 7/04/1990 181 71 303 281 Imoco Volley
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The Polish Women's National Team was founded in 1947. In their first official international appearance, the White and Reds lost to Czechoslovakia 1-3. Nevertheless, Poland soon joined the group of elite world teams and recorded significant achievements throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including two Olympic bronze medals in Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968.

Since then, however, the last three decades have not been so successful, although a sudden and very welcome change came in 2003.

New head coach Ryszard Andrzej Niemczyk returned to the post 26 years after his first stint and injected a new spirit and into a previously uninspired group of players. Niemczyk managed to get the best out of his players on the court and the team gradually rose in prominence, as was clearly evident during the 2004 World Grand Prix continental tournament, when they finished as runner-up to claim a spot at the 2004 Grand Prix.

The Poles also pulled off a huge surprise during the 2003 European Championships in Turkey, knocking off the hosts in straight sets in the final to claim gold.

Malgorzata Glinka was honored as the Best Scorer - and unofficially the MVP - of the tournament, while the team's captain, Magdalena Sliwa, received the award for Best Setter.

The team finished 8th in its World Cup debut, with Glinka again receiving the MVP honor and an award of USD $100,000 from the FIVB.

During the European Olympic Qualification Tournament, Poland beat Russia and Germany but fell to Turkey in the semifinals, losing its chance to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

In 2005, the National Team proved it was back amongst the top teams in the world when it defended its European Championship. The team is now preparing hard to duplicate its success on the road to the 2010 World Championships in Japan, where it is aiming for a podium finish.

After the period of success, a period of stagnation followed in 2006. Despite vast preparation, the National Team was unable to reach the level it had grown accustomed to. After disappointing losses in Montreux and the World Grand Prix, the team went on to finish 15th at the World Championship in Japan.

Coach Niemczyk resigned due to health problems prior to the Worlds and was succeeded by the world famous Marco Bonitta who was tasked with steering the team to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Striving to push Poland back up the world rankings, Bonitta guided the team to fourth at European Championship and narrowly missed seeing his team qualify for Beijing at the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Germany early in the year.

But Poland did enough to enter a World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan, winning the competition to earn a ticket to the Olympics after a 30-year absence.

Under intense pressure, Poland finished a joint ninth in Beijing.

2009 brings new hopes and a newly selected and very experienced coach in Jerzy Matalk, who is eager to show the best the team can play during the 2009 European Championship in Poland.  


Coach profile

Jerzy Matlak was hired as head coach of the Polish women’s national team at the beginning of 2009, following a stint as coach of Polish club team Farmutil Pila.

Matlak had a successful career at the club level, winning 18 Polish Championship medals and nine Polish Cup medals.

Matlak is no stranger to the national team, having coached Poland in 1984-85.

A well-respected figure among both players and coaches in Poland, Matlak’s experience has given renewed hope to a team looking to repeat the success it had in 2003 and 2005.

Matlak was born in 1945.

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