The Polish Women's National Team was 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
It was a rapid rise as they had only been in existence from 1947, when they lost to Czechoslovakia 3-1 in their first international match.
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.
Malgorzata Glinka was honoured as Best Scorer - and unofficially the MVP - of the tournament, while team captain Magdalena Sliwa received the Best Setter award.
The debut of Poland in the FIVB World Cup saw them finish eighth, with Glinka again receiving the MVP honour and USD 100,000 Prize Money from the FIVB.
During the European Olympic Qualification Tournament, the team played well and beat Russia and Germany but lost to Turkey in the semi-finals and missed out on its chance to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
In 2005, the National Team proved its superiority by defending 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. Despite huge preparations, the National Team was not able to reach the level of former years. After big losses in Montreux and at the World Grand Prix, Poland ended up only 15th at the World Championships.
Head Coach Niemczyk had resigned from his role before the Championships because of health problems.
He was succeeded by world-famous coach Marco Bonitta, who was engaged to lead the Polish National Team to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The new Head Coach took the reins with great impetus and 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.
Marco Bonitta has been Head Coach of the Polish Senior Women's National Team since March 19, 2007.
The appointment came after a successful stint as Head Coach of the Italian Women's National Team.
In that position, Bonitta led the Italians to second place at the Women's European Championships in Bulgaria in 2001 before guiding them to the gold medal in the FIVB World Championships in Germany in 2002.
In 2003, Italy claimed sixth place at the Women's European Championships in Turkey, fifth at the FIVB World Grand Prix and second at the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament.
The year 2004 saw Bonitta guide his team to fifth place at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, second place in the World Grand Prix and first at the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament.
In 2005, it was another successful year. At the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament, a third-place finish was secured. The Italians claimed second place at the World Grand Prix and second also at the European Games.
The following year, his final one as Italian coach, his charges finished fifth at the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament and third at the World Grand Prix.
Bonitta then moved to the Men's League in Italy to coach Edilesse Cavriago in the A2 League.
Bonitta, born on September 5, 1963, was a Volleyball player in the C League in Italy before becoming a member of the coaching team.
He is a graduate in motorial sciences at Bologna University and today is a teacher of the same course.