Poland triumphs in Hubert Wagner Memorial tournament

 

Poland finished with a 2-1 record to win the tournament

 Lausanne, Switzerland, August 13, 2017 – Hosts Poland took the top honours at the 2017 Hubert Wagner Memorial tournament on Sunday after France lost 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) to Canada and the Poles stormed back to beat Russia 3-2 (16-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12) on the final day.

Poland and France both finished with 2-1 records, while Russia and Canada were both 1-2. Poland took the gold with six points to France’s four. Although Russia earned five points, their 1-2 record condemned them to third place ahead of Canada, who registered three points with the win over France.

The Russians got off to a good start in their final match against the Poles, with tournament MVP Maxim Mikhaylov putting pressure on the hosts. But the introduction of Jakub Kochanowski, Aleksander Sliwka and Lukasz Kaczmarek in the third set turned things around for Poland and they held on for the win.

France, featuring an experimental line-up – Kevin Tillie even came on as a libero – were well beaten by Canada, who are coached by Frenchman Stephane Antiga. Canada’s Nicolas Hoag was the top scorer in the match with 22 points.

France were tired after consecutive five-set wins over Poland and Russia, but regarded the tournament as a positive experience ahead of the European Championship.

“It's never easy to lose 3-0 but we have to say that they were good and that we spent a lot of energy on the previous matches against Poland and Russia,” France captain Benjamin Toniutti said. “There has been a lot of positives over the weekend and we beat two European teams who are among the favourites for the Euros. This defeat allows us to see what we still have to work on for the Euros.”

Results:
August 11
Russia 3, Canada 1 (25-23, 29-27, 22-25, 25-17)
France 3, Poland 2 (22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-22, 15-13)
August 12
Poland 3, Canada 0 (36-34, 25-22, 26-24)
France 3, Russia 2 (21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 15-10)
August 13
Canada 3, France 0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-22)
Poland 3, Russia 2 (16-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12)

Final Standings:
1. Poland 
2. France 
3. Russia 
4. Canada

Awards:
MVP: Maksim Michajłow (Russia) 
Best setter: Benjamin Toniutti (France) 
Best attacker: Dawid Konarski (Poland) 
Best blocker Bartlomiej Lemański (Poland) 
Best receiver: Dimirij Volkov (Russia) 
Best libero: Jenia Grebennikov (France)