Teams & Coaches
 
TEAM:
Team manager Marek Brandt
Head coach Andrzej Niemczyk
Assistant coach Ireneusz Klos
Doctor Maciej Jedrasik
Therapist / trainer Tomasz Karakula
Journalist

  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata Skowronska K. 30.06.1983 75 189 314 296 Rabita Baku
L 2 Mariola Zenik Zenik 03.07.1982 65 175 300 295 Bank BPS Muszynianka
4 Izabela Belcik Belcik 29.11.1980 65 185 304 292 Atom Trefl
5 Magdalena Sliwa Sliwa 17.11.1969 66 173 277 268 Wisla
7 Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale Glinka 30.09.1978 84 190 314 303 VakifBank Ttelekom Istanbul
8 Dorota Swieniewicz Swieniewicz 27.07.1972 64 180 315 305 Santeramo Sport
9 Agata Mroz Mroz 07.04.1982 74 191 312 301 Murcia
C 10 Joanna Mirek Mirek 17.02.1977 69 187 314 306 Muszynianka
11 Sylwia Pycia Pycia 20.04.1981 75 190 309 302 Pronar Zeta
12 Natalia Bamber-Laskowska Bamber-Laskowska 24.02.1982 66 187 311 288 BKS Aluprof
13 Milena Rosner Rosner 04.01.1980 67 179 307 292 Foppapedretti
18 Izabela Kowalinska Kowalinska 23.02.1985 77 186 300 283 KPS Chemik
C=Captain  L=Libero

Team Profile Head coach
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 the world’s top teams and recorded significant achievements throughout the 1950s and 60s, including two Olympic bronze medals in Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968.

The following three decades were less successful, until a sudden and very welcome change in 2003, when new head coach Andrzej Niemczyk returned to the post 26 years after first holding it. He encouraged the players to show their very best on the court and provoked a resurgence that was visible during the World Grand Prix continental tournament in August, when the home team finished runner-up and claimed its spot for the 2004 Grand Prix.

The Polish team also pulled off a huge surprise at the 2003 European Championships in Turkey, knocking out 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 an award for the Best Setter.

On its World Cup debut in 2003, the Polish team finished in 8th place, with Malgorzata GLINKA honoured as a MVP of the tournament and granted 100 000 USD by the FIVB.

During the European Qualification Tournament for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the team played well, beating Russia & Germany, but narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Games after losing to Turkey in the semi final.

Nevertheless, the Polish team continued to make some historic achievements, taking eighth place on its debut appearance at the 2004 Grand Prix to ensure promotion from 10th to 8th position in the FIVB world ranking. The team went on to qualify for the 2005 Grand Prix, where it climbed one place to take seventh position.

The team continued its successful 2005 season to take its second European Championship title and thus secure its first-ever place in the World Grand Champions Cup.




Andrzej Niemczyk