Poland men begin with four friendlies


Lausanne, Switzerland, July 28, 2020 – After the friendly matches between Poland and the Czech Republic women’s teams in Walbrzych, the Poland men’s national team geared up for the season restart with two in-house matches against Germany and two intra-squad friendlies over the week.

The friendlies were treated like regular season matches complete with TV coverage and enthusiastic media coverage. There were no spectators permitted at the fixtures under the required safety measures, but nevertheless fans made their presence felt as they sent in pictures that were reproduced inside the arena. Fans who wanted to be closer to the action could also watch the game from a drive-in cinema outside the venue.

Vital Heynen’s men faced Germany in Zielona Gora on July 22 and 23. His counterpart Andrea Giani brought a 16-strong squad with some new, young faces. As both sides utilised all their players, the visiting side kept the home team at bay and won the first two sets with great defensive plays. Heynen then made changes in the line-up in the succeeding sets that shifted the momentum in their favour to win 3-2 (18-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-10).

Poland showed better efficiency in their next match and defeated Germany 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-21). The two squads played an extra set, which Germany won 27-25.

Poland were set to face Estonia in Lodz on July 26 and 27, but the latter made last-minute changes in their travel plans. The home team opted to play as scheduled, organising on intra-squad matches.

In the first match, the Michal Kubiak-led Team Michal bounced back from the opening set loss to Team Fabian and rallied to a 2-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-22) victory.

Team Michal was composed of Kubiak, Tomasz Fornal, Karol Klos, Dawid Konarski, Marcin Komenda, Bartosz Kwolek, Grzegorz Lomacz, Maciej Muzaj, Piotr Nowakowski and Pawel Zatorski, while Team Fabian was headed by Fabian Drzyzga with Bartosz Bednorz, Norbert Huber, Bartosz Kurek, Wilfredo Leon, Jan Nowakowski, Artur Szalpuk, Aleksander Sliwka and Damian Wojtaszek.

The second match was between Team Wilfredo and Team Karol, where the latter defeated the former 2-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-23).

Leon played with Bednorz, Fornal, Komenda, Kubiak, Kurek, Jan and Piotr Nowakowski, and Wojtaszek, while Klos played with Drzyzga, Huber, Konarski, Kwolek, Lomacz, Muzaj, Szalpuk, Sliwka and Zatorski.

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