In a thrilling showdown at the Nations League, the Polish national women’s volleyball team triumphed over Germany, marking their eighth win in the tournament. Despite a turbulent start, the players showcased their resilience and emerged victorious after a nail-biting tie-break.
The tournament unfolded in Suwon, South Korea, where the Polish women initially suffered a setback. In the ninth match of this Nations League edition, they succumbed to a tie-break defeat against the American team, marking their second loss in the competition this year.
The opening set with Germany commenced with a rather chaotic display, characterized by errors in basic elements of the game. Lavarini called for a timeout when the score was already 0-3, but Germany quickly extended their lead to 0-7. The Polish team faced considerable difficulties with their reception, hindering their ability to mount a counterattack. German women convincingly claimed the first set, winning by 15 points.
However, Poland rallied in the second set, exhibiting a much-improved performance. This time, they took the initiative and maintained a comfortable lead, effectively keeping their rivals at bay throughout the set.
The third set unfolded with a more balanced and closely contested battle, where points were exchanged almost evenly. Eventually, the German women began committing errors, diminishing their chances of winning the set. The white and red team secured a victory in the third set with a score of 25-19.
As the match progressed to the fourth set, both teams displayed moments of inaccuracy. Germany, capitalizing on the Polish team’s mistakes, swiftly established a 15-9 advantage. Despite some errors of their own, Germany won the set, pushing the match into a thrilling tie-breaker.
Similar to their previous encounter against the Americans, Poland gained an early advantage in the final set. However, the Polish players started to make mistakes, resulting in the match being tied, and at one point, Germany even held the lead. Yet, it was the closing moments that would determine the outcome. This time, the Polish team prevailed, edging out Germany with a score of 17-15, ultimately clinching the match with a 3-2 victory.
“Another tie-break by our players – today, however, we clinched the victory. Well done,” Polska Siatkówka wrote on Twitter.
Looking ahead, Poland will face the Bulgarian women’s team in their third match in Suwon on Friday, June 30th.
Poland – Germany 3-2 (15-25, 25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 17-15)