Short characterization POLAND




RANKING  2001-2011



WCH 2001






WCH 2003



GLAZ Paulina


FLAKUS Patrycja

WCH 2005



WOJCIK Aleksandra



WCH 2007






WCH 2009






WCH 2011





General remarks

Since 2003 it was the first time that the Polish team, finally ranking fourth with three wins and five losses, participated in the World Championship. The team had much luck to proceed to the final round. With the exception of the service and in selected phases in the attacks the level of performance of the talented female players was not yet sufficient. (10 ranks in the lower half of the TOP 10 of individual rankings). The team was missing the necessary stabi-lity in its play to win a medal.  Especially the level of performance of the two setters compa-red to the top players was significantly lower (rank 7 as a team, 6th and 10th rank indivi-dually).



In the service the team primarily played with jump floats (8 players) from varying positions, most of the services with low trajectory and under tactical aspects directed to designated areas. As a team Poland ranked 2nd. Three players of the starting line-up ranked among the TOP 10 individually (in total 15% asses, only 8 faults!). The long preparation phase prior to the service for many of the Polish players (intensive bouncing of the ball) was worth men-tioning.



The Polish team only ranked 8th (32% exc. / 11% faults). Comparing the team performance with that of the worldchampions (45%+ / 10%) there is a gap of -13%points with respect to excellent actions. The libero did not manage to rank among the TOP 10 individually (rank 15). POL always played with a 3-players-formation – starting position in one line in the middle of the back court, trying not to incorporate the outside attackers.

The libero (37% of all actions in the reception) is a basic member of the reception formation and covers a wider range of action (supporting the outside attackers, in the central reception position offering the right side). In most cases overhand reception is performed with high precision and belongs to the basic techniques of the Polish team. Often inaccurate actions or faults are the consequence of inaccurate position adaptation or errors in the reception management actions.



Set / Attack (Complex I and Complex II)

POL played with two setters who represent a similar type of players. No 10 is the major setter (57% of all sets); No 14 first of all played as a result of frequent tactical double substitutions. Both players showed a flexible and quick movement play. They are especially strong when incorporating the outside attackers from pos. 4 with medium speed and medium high trajectory sets and when they can show their efficient and variable play with the quick attackers in the 1st tempo attacks. If requested underhand sets are performed.

Poland ranked 4th in the team ranking for “attacks”. The best Polish spiker ranked 9th indi-vidually.

Complex I:  Attacks in C I are characterized by an efficient combination of quick outside attacks from pos. 4 and variable quick attacks in front of and behind the setter. The middle blockers actively offer themselves for 1st tempo attacks showing a good adaptation to the situation in these actions. They successfully terminate their attacks both in front of and be-hind the setter.

Complex II: After successful defensive and covering actions as well as in freeball situations attacks from outside positions 4/2 are dominating. If the situation allows it 1st tempo attacks are performed. The attackers and the diagonal players managed to successfully spike even in case of well arranged blocks of the opposing team and as a termination of long rallies.


Block / Defense

Regarding blocking action Poland ranked 6th as a team (80 kill blocks / 25%). This value is 5% points lower than that of the medal winning teams. Only one Polish player managed to rank in the TOP 10 in these two features (libero No. 18 – rank 5)

While moving along the net step arrangement is varied between turn and run, side steps and cross steps. To control high attacks now and then a 3-players-block is formed on position 2. Generally speaking the team showed a sound block performance 1-player-blocks, double blocks on outside positions – adaptation of the position, incorporation of the middle blocker).


In field defense the 2:2:2-system was dominating. The net player who was not part of the block and the respective backcourt player were responsible to control the semi distance area. The two back court players tend to have a position close to each other to secure the diagonal. While waiting for an attack the player on pos. 6. in most cases stood on the inline.

When the Polish team played with a 3-players-block on pos. 2 a 3:1:2-formation was applied (coverage of the area close to the block by back court player on pos. 1); in case of the same block on pos. 3 the team played without covering the area close to the block. The libero had good anticipation skills, moved quickly to the defense position and her quick reaction allows her to switch her action in accordance with changing requests of individual match situations.  This is her basis to apply double armed defense techniques and to become an active and important player in long rallies.