Poland won the World Men’s Volleyball Championship for the second time in concession yesterday, defeating Brazil in 3 sets.
Poland’s Bartosz Kurek, who won the MVP, was the star of the show on the night – scoring 24 points.
Four years ago Poland’s volleyball team took the country by storm when they won the world title on home soil. Anticipation before the tournament was huge and the viewing figures for every match were sky-high.
However four years on, the enthusiasm in Poland ahead of the 2018 world championships was nowhere near that level. The Polish team were expected to be competitive, but the results prior to the tournament had been patchy and few believed a repeat of 2014 was possible.
However that soon changed as the country’s volleyball players proved the doubters wrong by progressing all the way to the final. Broadcasters TVP moved the final from TVP2 to TVP1, and pubs around the country started to advertise the fact they were showing the big game.
Unlike Poland’s faltering footballers, who flopped on the big stage in Russia this summer, the volleyball team did not disappoint. They put on a truly dominating performance against a top-quality Brazil side, winning in straight sets with relative ease.