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TEAM COMPOSITION


 POL / Poland

 
Team manager KASPRZYK Jacek
Coach MAKOWSKI Piotr
Assistant coach KOSMOL Maciej
2nd assistant coach CYGAN Miroslaw
Doctor ZAJAC Krzysztof
Physiotherapist WITCZAK Lukasz
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Anna Grejman Grejman 08.06.1993 183 67 302 283 KS Palac
  2   Maja Tokarska Tokarska 22.02.1991 194 79 317 293 Tauron MKS
  3 Karolina Rozycka Rozycka 28.06.1985 183 68 305 284 Yesilyurt
  4   Izabela Belcik Belcik 29.11.1980 185 65 304 292 ATOM Trefl
  5 Patrycja Polak Polak 23.02.1991 183 62 301 279 Impel Volleyball
  6   Aleksandra Wojcik Wojcik 03.01.1994 184 76 297 279 SMS PZPS Sosnowiec
  7 Joanna Kaczor Kaczor 16.09.1984 191 64 305 290 Tauron MKS
  8   Zuzanna Efimienko Efimienko 08.08.1989 197 72 318 303 Spes Volley
  9 Ewelina Sieczka Sieczka 26.01.1988 182 68 308 280 BKS Aluprof
  10   Krystyna Strasz Strasz 24.07.1987 165 55 0 252 Tauron MKS
  11 Kinga Kasprzak Kasprzak 12.06.1987 188 76 310 295 Bank BPS Muszynianka
  12   Milena Radecka Radecka 18.10.1984 177 65 302 295 Azerrail
  13 Paulina Maj Maj 22.03.1987 166 58 277 255 Bank BPS Muszynianka Fakro
  14   Joanna Wolosz Wolosz 07.04.1990 181 65 303 281 BKS Aluprof
  15 Agnieszka Kakolewska Kakolewska 17.10.1994 197 75 309 295 SMS PZPS Sosnowiec
  16   Elzbieta Skowronska Skowronska E 06.07.1983 183 71 305 280 Tauron MKS
  C 17 Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata Skowronska K. 30.06.1983 189 75 314 296 Guangdong Evergrande Club
  18   Katarzyna Konieczna Konieczna 22.03.1985 184 75 304 288 Impel Volleyball
  19 Monika Martalek Martalek 14.05.1990 187 72 310 289 PTPS
  20   Dorota Medynska Medynska 25.04.1993 168 60 280 261 Impel Volleyball
  21 Aleksandra Sikorska Sikorska 28.04.1993 185 67 306 286 Budowlani
  22   Justyna Lukasik Lukasik 27.01.1993 187 77 301 285 Atom Trefl
 C = Captain   L = Libero
 
Team profile

The Polish women’s national team was founded in 1947 and soon joined the group of world’s top teams throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, winning a World Championship silver in 1952 and bronze medals in 1956 and 1962, and two Olympic bronze medals in Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968.

Whilst those glory days might be far behind them, more recently Poland played in their first World Grand Prix in 2004, recording an eighth-place finish - similar to the one as per last year - which has only been bettered by a seventh-place finish in 2005 and 2009 and a sixth-place result in 2007 and 2010.

They also pulled off a huge surprise during the 2003 European Championships in Turkey, knocking over the hosts in straight sets in the final to claim gold. Although they lost out on the chance to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, they successfully defended their European Championship title in 2005. They then went on to win bronze at the Euros in 2009, having one year earlier finished eighth at Beijing 2008, Poland’s first Olympic appearance in 30 years.

A sign of Poland’s continued improvement was their eighth-place finish at the 2010 World Championships, their best placing since the 1970s, however recent coaching changes failed to provide the results expected.

Piotr Makowski, Poland’s fourth coach in five years, was appointed at the helm earlier in 2013 with the aim to rebuild the national team, ranked 15th in the world, around new captain Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata. Although the 30-year-old, who plays club volleyball in China, has over 200 caps to her name, it’s the first time she takes charge for a campaign and she will be relying on the likes of the experienced Izabela Belcik and Joanna Kaczor for support.

 

 
Coach profile

Piotr Makowski’s coaching career began with the Palac Bydgoszcz OrlenLiga division women’s club in 1995, where along with head coach Leszek Piasecki, he took the team to silver and bronze league medals.

In 2004-05 season ‘Makos’ was offered the post of head coach of the Bydgoszcz club, leading them to a win at the Polish Cup and silver medal in the Polish club championships. Taking a brief break between 2006 and 2008, he returned to the position of head coach of the club in April 2008.

As assistant coach of the national women’s team, he saw the team through to a bronze medal at the European Championship in 2009. He also coached the Delecta Bydgoszcz PlusLiga Division men’s club.

H
e replaced Alojzy Swiderek as coach of Poland’s national women’s team in 2013.