Over the weekend of the 21st-22nd April, IBB Polonia London played the National Semi-Finals of England against Sheffield Hallam. The team from London came out on top over the two match encounter without dropping a single set. On Saturday the result was 3:0 (27:25; 25:20; 25:20) and Sunday 3:0 (25:22; 25:20; 25:21). With two emphatic results, IBB Polonia London eliminated Sheffield Hallam, the third placed team in England, and booked their place in the National Final.
Both matches were an amazing spectacle, especially for the fans. The atmosphere was electric and both sets of players performed to a high level on court. IBB Polonia demonstrated great spirit and didn’t give their northern opponents a chance. On Saturday, the MVP was awarded for the second time to Bartosz Kisielewicz – captain, setter and Number 13.
„Bartek followed the pre-determined tactic throughout the game. Unfailingly, he delivered ball after ball with pinpoint accuracy. You could see he was having fun confusing the opposition and this resulted in a great result. he led the team solidly and gave them one foot in the final.” commented Jacek Ambrozy, the owner of IBBTherm.
On Sunday, the best player on court was Dorian Poinc (Number 4).
„On Sunday, the whole team played very well. You could tell that the squad was very well prepared, but Dorian Poinc was head and shoulders above everyone else. His serve receive as well as his powerful serve led the team to victory.” said Jaroslaw Yaro Kowalczyk; the representative of Top renovations – the match sponsor.
The victories signified that the end of the season is just right around the corner. Over the next two weeks, the team will prepare for two encounters: the victors taking the title of Champions of England. The finals will be over the 5th and 6th May 2018 at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering. IBB Polonia London will take on Team Northumbria in their defence of their title who won their own Semi-Final against Malory Eagles.
“We now wait impatiently for the climax of the season. The members of the Official Supporters Club are prepared to support the guys in the finals. The teams who will compete against each other will play the highest standard available to see in England, and once again we will expect some emotional times. I would like to invite everyone to join us on our journey to Kettering, to support IBB Polonia London in their defence of their title.” commented President of the Official Fan Club, Jan Ploszaj.
All information about the finals is available on the Volleyball England website as well as social media.