The match with Germany was "dramatic and nervous" and Coach Jacek Nawrocki does not expect it to be different tomorrow against Thailand.
Opole, Poland, May 22, 2019 – Hosts Poland scored their first win in this edition of the VNL, defeating Germany 3-1. Even though happy with the end result, coach Nawrocki was worried about the inconsistency in his players’ performance.
Poland player Joanna Wolosz: “I think that we were our own biggest opponents tonight. We made our game more complicated and some panic sneaked into it too. If we played more calmly, the result would have been more convincing. Fortunately, the game ended in our favour and we won earning three points, which is very important for us. I'm happy that we didn't have to play the fifth set, because a tie-break is always a lottery. We also saved more energy for tomorrow's game. The match-up with Thailand will be difficult, but now it gets harder with each game, because our opponents know how we play. I believe that tomorrow we will enter the court and show better volleyball than today.”
Poland coach Jacek Nawrocki: “This game was dramatic and nervous. We felt the pressure of this match and I’m sure we will not sleep well after this game. I appreciate my players for their fight, but on the other side I am little bit upset because of these ups and downs in our play. I have to find the reason for this situation and try to eliminate it. Tomorrow we will play against Thailand and we know that they count on gaining points with us. It’s normal – we want just the same thing. I am sure that again it will be a game full of emotions, and I don’t expect a calm match at all.”
Germany captain Lena Stigrot: “We are very satisfied with how we reacted after yesterday's game. We played with a lot of passion and joy. It was really nice to battle Poland and to see that they got in trouble when we played very well. In the end, the outcome is better for Poland but I think we are doing well, we are developing our game and that is our goal for this week, so I think that we made a step ahead. Tomorrow there is a next game on a high level, so we want to use it well. A match against Italy is a good challenge, just what we need to get better, so we are looking forward to it and we are not afraid of our opponents.”
Germany coach Felix Koslowski: “Poland have more experience and they play in front of their home crowd. They know better how to handle match situations. My team played great today. I think we performed much better than yesterday, so it was a big improvement for us, even if finally we couldn't earn any point from this match. We had three very tight sets, even in the first we had some opportunities, but we were missing experience to close the set. I'm happy about the way we played, we were better in defence and block. We also managed to improve our serve, although we still made many mistakes in this element. Our attack was also good, we were trying to work with some quickness and activeness. I have to congratulate my team for the way we played today.”