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Overview

The Portuguese played the European League for the first time in 2017 and are currently debuting in a major tournament, whereas the hosts regularly play for the highest goals. The clash of an aspiring team with a “volley nation” should be a good opportunity for the young players to show up in the international scene. This game should also be a good match-up for the Poles before playing more experienced opponents than Portugal. Coach Nawrocki consistently improves his system with the team he had to rebuild. To players like Katarzyna Zaroślińska-Król and Zuzanna Efimienko-Młotkowska, Nawrocki added the most talented youth. These ladies will definitely want to prove their potential playing against a first-timer.

Pool B Preview

Starting Team

Squad Listing

C 8

RODRIGUES Vanessa Iolanda

Setter

1

CAVALCANTI Amanda

Middle blocker

2

DUARTE Eduarda

Middle blocker

3

LOPES Maria

Outside spiker

6

MONTEIRO Helena

Middle blocker

7

DURAO Eliana

Setter

10

HURST Marta

Outside spiker

11

RESENDE Joana

Libero

12

BASTO Beatriz

Libero

14

RODRIGUES Aline

Middle blocker

15

KAVALENKA Julia

Opposite

16

MAIO Maria

Opposite

17

GOMES Barbara

Outside spiker

18

VALE Ana

Outside spiker

77470

SANTOS Jose Francisco

Head Coach

Player profile

SANTOS Jose Francisco

Head Coach

24321

MOREIRA Rui Miguel

Assistant Coach

Player profile

MOREIRA Rui Miguel

Assistant Coach

75651

SANTOS Beatriz

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

SANTOS Beatriz

Assistant Coach 2

Team Statistics

PORTUGAL

Overview

POLAND

Player Statistics

Match Report

Polish fans helped Poland to crush Portugal

In front of a crazy crowd in Atlas Arena Portugal didn't have the confidence and ability to shake the much taller and focused Poland. In second set Poland for the first time lost their determination and concentration a bit. That made Portugal take their chance to shake the host nation for a while.
Coach Nawrocki decided to let his key player - Smarzek-Godek rest today. He was saying yesterday, in respond to complains about how many balls Smarzek-Godek has to finish, that his ultimate goal is to create as many options in attack as possible.
Kat Zaroslinska - Krol made 18 point for Poland and became the MVP of the match.

During the match, Izabela Bełcik, Magdalena Śliwa (both are double gold medalist at the European Championship - 2003 and 2005) and Krystyna Ostromęcka-Guryn (bronze Olympic medalist in 1968) were honored for outstanding achievements in volleyball.

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The match in numbers

79
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

65
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

7830
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

149
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

34%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

2-11
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of PORTUGAL compared to POLAND.

5-3
Ace Count

PORTUGAL number of service aces compared to POLAND

28-26
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of PORTUGAL, next to those from POLAND

Day 2 Recap

Play

"Another, what may seem easy, win, but we are only getting started. Our coach uses the opportunity to experiment at this stage of the tournament. A year ago it seemed impossible that together with Magda Stysiak we will play both as opposites in this national team, but our coach believes in us - young players, looks for the future solutions and it's very motivational. Today was this kind of game that we could try different things”

Martyna Łukasik, #6
opposite for Poland