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12th Wagner Memorial launched prior to World Championships

Polish fans at the 12th Wagner Memorial tournament
Krakow, Poland, August 14, 2014 – One of the most important tests before the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 began in Krakow Poland with this weekend’s Wagner Memorial.

Fifteen thousand fans showed up to the opening ceremony of the Wagner Memorial – an annual tournament in remembrance one of the greatest

Polish coaches in the history, Hubert Jerzy Wagner, who led Poland to gold in the 1974 World Championships and in the 1976 Olympics.

Russia first took an impressive with against China, 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-17).

“It was very vital game after training camp,” said Russia’s coach Andrey Voronkov. “We wanted to see the effects of our work and we saw them. It's a pleasure to play in Poland.”

China’s coach Xie Guochen said his team has some work to do before the upcoming tournaments.

“It was a big lesson for us,” he said. “In the third set, we lost our concentration because of their blocks and reception.”

In the second match, Poland fell short to Bulgaria, with a dramatic 3-2 win by the visitors. The game was marked with a devastating injury of Polish spiker Mariusz Wlaz?y, who fell and injured his ankle.

“It's disaster, but we have to wait for the medical examination,” Polish coach Stephane Antiga said. “We made many mistakes; 42 is far too many.”

Russia v. China 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-17)

Russia: Apalikov, Pavlov, Spiridonov, Muserskiy, Grankin, Savin, Golubiev

(libero) and Moroz.

China: Fang, Liang, Yuan, Zhong, Geng, Li, Kong (libero) and Cui, Kou, Xu, Ji.

Bulgaria v. Poland 3-2(25-20, 23-25, 27-29, 26-24, 13-15)

Poland: Drzyzga, Kubiak, Nowakowski, Wlaz?y, Winiarski, K?os, Zatorski

(libero) and Konarski, Zagumny, Mo?d?onek, Kubiak

Bulgaria: Aleksiev, Yosifov, Zhekov, Granadirov, Todorov, Sokolov, Salparov

(libero) and Skrimov, Bratoev V., Penchev N.

(photos made by ?ukasz Kardyna?)

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