Three points and a solid win rounded up the trip for IBB Polonia London to Sheffield. The hosts are the current runners up in the 2017 Super 8 competition and the only team this season to beat Team Northumbria.
The first set was taken by the hosts, who started the match strongly with very good serving. It is worth noting, that the home team were well supported by drum playing fans.
The long journey and the new sports hall caused us some challenges at the start of the game. The hosts wanted to show, from the very start, that they planned to beat us. The first set seemed more like a continuation of the warm up than the start of the match for us. I’m delighted with the way that we turned our fortunes around and closed the game out – said Coach Piotr Graban
The second and third sets were a great end for IBB Polonia London in the match. Kisielewicz distributed the ball with even greater confidence, and every point gave the team greater momentum.
Everybody contributed to the victory. I’m finding my rhythm with Mateusz Dziwierek; our serve and block was also looking strong. It’s great that when someone is struggling, we have a strong bench to help. I think we still have the ability to play much better, and we all want to be better – said captain and setter Bartosz Kisielewicz.
In the fourth set, the team from London was down by six points, until Mateusz Dziwierek stepped up to the service line: this was his second game for IBB Polonia London.
Im starting to find my feet with the team, and we are playing better. I feel great in London; its a great atmosphere and a superb place to develop volleyball. I think each day, I will improve and as a result, the team will improve – said IBB Polonia numer 20 – Mateusz Dziwierek.
The Londoners were supported by over forty traveling fans from the Official Supporters Club. Their President Jan Ploszajski was overjoyed to see the home team supporters. It was splendid to have some rival fans watching the game. It encourages us ever more to play our drums and trumpets. A few years ago, there was no support in England, and I hope we lead the way in volleyball support.
This Saturday IBB Polonia London play the English Cup quarter final with another London team: Wapping Wildcats who themselves beat a higher placed team to earn the right to play the defending Cup holders.