Poland's Skowronska-Dolata - a force to reckon with
August 6, 2013 - Only one weekend into the 2013 World Grand Prix Preliminary
Round and a high scoring record has already been set.
Poland assistant coach Maciej Kosmol was full of praise for the performance of captain Skowronska-Dolata despite his team's 3-2 defeat against Russia in pool A of the 2013 World Grand Prix.
"She did an amazing match, with both great spiking and blocking. She was a true leader."
"We played our best game of the weekend. Russia is the current world champion and has a great team. We have to keep improving."
Despite an outstanding personal performance, Skowronska-Dolata said the result was far more important than her own numbers.
"I prefer to score five points and my team win the match than score 41 and lose the game."
"It was a good match. We can’t say that we didn’t fight for the victory. We did our best, and that’s what we’ll always do."
Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata, from Warsaw, was on Poland’s national team that took home the gold medal at the European Championship in 2003 and 2005. She was awarded Poland’s Golden Cross of Merit in 2005 for her sporting achievements and 'Best Scorer' at the 2007 World Cup.
Playing with Italian volleyball club Asystel Novara, Skowronska-Dolata won bronze at the 2007–08 CEV Champions League where she was also awarded 'Best Scorer'.
Katarzyna won the 2010 FIVB World Club Championship, playing with Turkish club Fenerbahce Acibadem where she also earned the 'Most Valuable Player' and the 'Best Scorer' awards. She also helped them to the bronze medal at the 2010–11 CEV Champions League.