As the European Volleyball Championship 2023 enters the knockout stages, the Polish national volleyball team is gearing up for a thrilling 1/8 final clash against Belgium. The match, set to take place on September 10th in Bari, Italy, promises to be a showdown of epic proportions.
The Polish squad, led by head coach Nikola Grbic, had a dominant run in Group C during the preliminary phase of the tournament. They emerged with an unblemished record, winning all their matches with impressive ease. Their group consisted of teams like the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Denmark, and Montenegro.
While the Dutch team proved to be the most formidable opponent on paper, it was Poland that ultimately triumphed in that encounter, albeit conceding a set. The rest of the group was swept aside with 3-0 victories, showcasing Poland’s dominance and determination. Their exceptional performance during these group-stage matches suggests that they are well-prepared for the challenges ahead.
In contrast, Poland’s upcoming opponents, Belgium, had a more modest performance during the preliminary phase. Belgium finished fourth in Group A after facing defeats against strong teams like Italy, Serbia, and Germany, but they managed to secure victories over Estonia and Switzerland. Their journey to the 1/8 finals has been marked by ups and downs, and they enter the knockout stage as the underdogs against a formidable Polish side.
As the anticipation builds for the 1/8 final match, the Polish national team is expected to be the clear favourites. If they secure victory against Belgium, they will advance to the quarter-finals, where they will face either the second-placed team from Group A, Serbia, or the third-placed team from Group C, the Czech Republic.