Estonia against Poland was a fixture from EuroVolley 2017 where the then, and now double World Champions took a straight sets win in Gdansk. Now on neutral soil, the Estonians will be hoping to push the Polish stars all the way this time around.
First RefereeRoy GORENISRSecond RefereeStefan BERNSTRÖMSWE
Rotterdam Ahoy is very well known among the 'biggest on earth' since 1971. It offers a base for international artists, top sports professionals, politicians and celebrities. With a strong link to the city of Rotterdam, it has proud residents of a global city that is constantly being rediscovered by visitors from all over the world. In 2019 Rotterdam Ahoy will form the stage of both the 2019 Olympic Qualification Tournament as well as the 2019 European Volleyball Championship.
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"It is a special game playing against my former Skra teammates, but it will be an exciting and important match"
Opposite for Estonia
Szalpuk over the net
Fabian Drzyzga (POL)
Taht goes up against the Polish block
Poland uses a mix of players to thwart a strong effort from Estonia
Poland confirmed its reputation of reigning world champion by starting today with four of its star players on the bench: Léon, Kubiak, Nowakowski, and Zatorski. All watched the EC opening match of their squad in Rotterdam Ahoy from the sidelines. In spite of that and the Estonian service pressure, Poland had the better play in the opening set. Estonia, however, kept on delivering deadly services in the second act, which helped them to level in sets. One of the stars did have to step in after that when Michal Kubiak came in and turned the momentum back in Poland's favour. After the exciting third set, won by the world champion, the Estonian resistance was broken. Mateusz Bieniek finally spiked and blocked his team to their first win in Rotterdam: 25-17.
Artur Szalpuk (POL) led all scorers with 23 points.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of ESTONIA compared to POLAND.
ESTONIA number of service aces compared to POLAND
Errors leading to points of ESTONIA, next to those from POLAND