Volleyball IBB Polonia defeated Team Northumbria and won the National Cup. The game was played at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.
This season, volleyball players from London and Newcastle competed twice. In the first match, in Brentford, the hosts, IBB Polonia, won this encounter 3-0. The game was a great volleyball event and the struggles of athletes were watched live by over 400 people which is a record in attendance for a league match in England.
The next match was held in Newcastle. This meeting was absolutely fierce and it was unknown until the very end who would win. This time the IBB Polonia had to swallow the bitterness of defeat, losing 2-3.
Full of emotions and sudden twists in action was also the final meeting for the Cup of England. To resolve the clash of two best volleyball teams in the UK there was a need for a tie break, in which the metanees of Vangelis Koutouleas proved their extreme balance and determination and it was them who celebrated the victory.
Volleyball players from London, traditionally, were supported by a group of several dozens of fans from the Official Fan Club.
Team Northumbria – IBB Polonia 2-3 (18:25, 25:22, 25:20, 20:25, 12:15)
MVP: Phil Smith (IBB Polonia)
After the match, they said:
Vangelis Koutouleas, IBB Polonia coach: – We won and we are therefore very pleased. All our work this season was commited to final scores that means the aim was championship of England. One part of the plan has been completed, now we are beginning to work on the second part. Ahead of us are matches in the semi-final play-off. We invite all our volleyball fans to cheer!
Bartek Kisielewicz captain IBB Polonia: – Winning the Cup is a wonderful feeling. This is my first national cup in volleyball career. The game was very competetive, full of emotions, and to the end it was kept in suspense. Thank you fans for cheering. Our faithful fans were just as another player on the court. They are amazing people! I also thank my team-mates, who put a lot of effort to win, not only during the game, but also in training.
Bartek Łuszcz, the chairman of the IBB Polonia: – Winning the Cup is the next step we have made this season, as we won some crucial games. We are pleased with this success, it is the fruit of the hard work of all the people and companies connected with the Polish community, coaches, players, and our amazing fans. Thank you all! Now, we are facing a very important past – to advance to the final meeting for the championship of England.
There are IBB Polonia matches in the semi-final play-off entertainment volleyball Super 8 League. Matches will be held on 23 and 24 April in Brentford. Details and booking tickets on www.polonia.eventbrite.co.uk.