These nations also met in the European Olympic Qualification Tournaments in 2008 and 2012. Poland beat the Netherlands 3-1 on both occasions.
In the 2019 Volleyball Nations League, Poland beat the Netherlands 3-1. This was their last meeting in a world level major tournament.
These teams have also met 17 times in the European Championship. Poland won eight, the Netherlands nine times, including each of the last four.
On 27 September 2015, the Netherlands defeated Poland 3-1 in Apeldoorn in a European Championship group stage match. On 1 October 2015, the Netherlands also defeated Poland 3-1 in the quarterfinals (in Rotterdam).
"The Netherlands is a good team with lots of tall players that spike high. Most of our teams know each other because they all play in Italy, same as us. I am looking forward to the match. "
Captain of Poland
"The game tonight against Poland will be be good. Both team are quite tall so it will be a battle. I hope that we can play our best. "
Outside Hitter for The Netherlands
The Netherlands beat Azerbaijan and Bulgaria in straight sets in the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020.
The Netherlands are the only team without giving up a set in the competition thus far.
The Netherlands could qualify for the Olympic Games for the fourth time, after 1992, 1996 and 2016. Their best result was a fourth place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In the absence of Lonneke Slöetjes, three players reached double figures against Bulgaria: Nika Daalderop (19), Anne Buijs (18) and Floortje Meijners (12).
Robin de Kruijf won three points from stuff blocks against Bulgaria, most of all players on court. Anne Buijs hit both of the Netherlands's two aces on Wednesday.
Poland started their CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020 campaign with a 3-1 win over Bulgaria.
Poland are hoping to qualify for their fourth Olympic Games, after 1964, 1968 and 2008. They claimed the bronze medal in their first two appearances.
Against Bulgaria, Malwina Smarzek-Godek was Poland's top scorer, combining for 24 points. Magdalena Stysiak (19) and Natalia Medrzyk (11) also reached double figures.
Both Stysiak and Medrzyk produced three aces on Tuesday, each one more than the complete Bulgarian team combined (2).
First RefereeVladimir SIMONOVICSRBSecond RefereeJuraj MOKRYSVK
Containing a 250 meter cycling track, an indoor athletics track and a top sport hall, combined with a large number of meeting and congress facilities and the sports café, Omnisport Apeldoorn is the largest top sport accommodation in the north-east of the Netherlands. Ever since the sports temple opened its doors in 2008, loads of top sport events were staged in Apeldoorn, for which Omnisport was allocated with the A-status for sport facilities.
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DE KRUIJF Robin
The Netherlands celebrate
Joanna Wolosz setting
Team Poland in the huddle
The Netherlands huddle
Team Poland with the win
Poland defeat Netherlands to reserve a spot in Apeldoorn semis
Poland achieved a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23) victory over the Netherlands to join the home side into the semifinals of the continental Olympic qualification tournament in Apeldoorn. With a game at hand, the Poles topped the current Pool A standings on a 2-0 win-loss record, followed by the Dutch, who finished the pool stage on 2-1. Poland had the lead for the most part of the first set, outscoring the opponents on all counts. The Dutch caught up several times, but after 20-20, Agnieszka Kakolewska in blocking and spiking and Magdalena Stysiak from the serving line ruled on the court before Natalia Medrzyk attacked successfully for a 25-20 win.
Malwina Smarzek-Godek was on fire in the hard-fought second set to score a total of nine points, including two blocks, towards the 25-23 close, which she shaped up with a successful spike for the last point. The Netherlands stormed to an early 5-0 lead in the third set, which Poland immediately wiped out over the next five rallies. As the home side did great in blocking and the Poles made way too many unforced errors, similar patterns repeated several times throughout the set with Poland even stepping upfront at 21-20 and 22-21.
At the end, however, the Dutch won the set at 25-23 on a kill block by Yvon Belien. The Netherlands had the lead throughout the first half of the fourth set, but Poland took over throughout the second half. Smarzek was back to her high-scoring mode and firing one point after another, she went on to kill the match winner at 25-23. With 25 points to her name, Smarzek became the top scorer of the game.
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 THE NETHERLANDS compared to POLAND.
THE NETHERLANDS number of service aces compared to POLAND
Errors leading to points of THE NETHERLANDS, next to those from POLAND
" A lot of people before the game, said that us or The Netherlands didn't have to try or we can already look forward to the group or blah blah blah. I think not because it was a really nice and emotional game. And I think in this tournament if we want to play in the Olympic Games we have to play with everyone, doesn't matter if its Germany, Turkey, or whoever. "
"Its kind of disapointing. We already qualified to the semifinals, but of course we wanted to win this game, but of course we wanted to win this game, because it was a really nice game to play. Now we wait to see who are opponent in the semifinals will be."
Middle Blocker for The Netherlands