Poland’s women’s national team surprised many when it wound up in ninth place at last year’s FIVB VNL. It was still a fair way from the podium but it was a decent enough result for quite a young team that’s still finding its bearings.
Will FIVB VNL 2019 be the start of better days for Poland’s women’s team?
2018 FIVB VNL record & stats
Win/loss: 8 / 7
Sets win/loss/ratio: 29 / 29 / 1.000
Points win/loss/ratio: 1298 / 1211 / 1.072
Final position: 9th
What’s new for Poland in FIVB VNL 2019?
Setter Joanna Wolosz will be suiting up for Poland at this year’s FIVB VNL. She will be the focal point and leader of this team as it steadily ploughs on towards a future of, hopefully, greater success.
Poland world ranking: 26 (October 2018)
Poland provisional roster
Full provisional squad listed with cut players in red.
Head coach: Jacek Nawrocki
Wing Spikers (Outside & Opposite Hitters): Martyna Lukasik, Julia Twardowska, Monika Bociek, Martyna Grajber, Natalia Medrzyk, Malwina Smarzek, Emilia Mucha, Olivia Rozanski, Natalia Murek, Zuzanna Gorecka, Monika Jagla, Aleksandra Wojcik, Paulina Damaske
Universal: Magdalena Stysiak
Average age: 23.9 (8th oldest)
Average height: 184.1cm (10th tallest)
Poland players to watch in FIVB VNL 2019: Joanna Wolosz
She was named Most Valuable Player during the 2017-18 season of the Italian league and was also Best Setter during the 2017-18 CEV Champions League.
Keep an eye out for her and how she takes on the challenge of leading her younger teammates at FIVB VNL 2019.
Poland FIVB VNL 2019 match schedule
All fixtures times listed as GMT.
Poland games to watch out for in FIVB VNL 2019
The bottom line: Is Poland headed for better days?
There was a time in 2003 and 2005 when Poland’s women’s team reigned supreme over Europe after winning back-to-back gold medals at the European Championship. But other than that, it’s been over 50 years of subpar performance for Poland.
Poland managed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics and wound up in ninth place. But before that, its last Olympic appearance was in 1968 – a 48-year drought. The team also did not qualify for the World Championship for its previous two editions in 2014 and 2018.
Clearly, this team has struggled for far too long.
It’s worth pointing out that Poland’s men’s team is the polar opposite of the women’s squad. The men’s team is currently considered best in the world as it is fresh off a gold-medal triumph at the 2018 World Championship. It has consistently been contenders and among the world’s best over the years.
The chasm between the two national team programs is glaring, but it seems as though Poland is working to close that gap. There’s a strong program in place now with an emphasis on long-term development and goals. The team is young but racking up the experience with every competition.
Poland’s performance at last year’s FIVB VNL felt like the start of something new. A solid showing at this year’s tournament would be a significant step forward and could lead to better and brighter days soon enough.
What is a realistic FIVB VNL projection for the Poland women’s team?
A good result for this team would be to maintain its position and stay within the top 12 of FIVB VNL. As Poland’s women’s team continues to grow, it would do well to maximize the experience of playing in a dynamic league like the FIVB VNL. But if it can improve on their ninth-place finish from last year, then that’s definitely already a significant success.
How to watch Poland in FIVB VNL 2019
FIVB haven’t as yet released the broadcast details for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Once it is updated we will update this section.
For now we are able to say that fans in Poland were able to watch the 2018 tournament on Polsat.