Regardless of the quality of Slovenia National Team, which they certainly possess, the elimination of the world champions Poland from the semifinals of the 2019 CEV European Volleyball Championship by them was undoubtedly a surprise. Expecially because Poland dropped only one set in seven matches prior to this one!
“If you ‘invite’ opponents to the match, then the course of the match changes. We started very well, we led 9-4, after that 20-17, and then we simply ‘invited’ Slovenians. Until then, we controlled the match, even though we didn’t play well. However, we let our rivals believe they could win and the fight began. When you are losing 1-0 in sets, you must expect a battle. And it ended in the way that we led in the fourth set, but Slovenia fought harder,” Poland’s head coach Vital Heynen explained the reasons for a defeat to the co-hosts Slovenia.
“I admit that, at some point, I didn’t feel the game. I regained the feeling in the second set. The set was already snatched by the hosts, but they didn’t win the match yet. We didn’t give up, we weren’t losing until 17-all. We fought to the last ball in the fourth set. However, if you don’t play confidently and effectively in the attack, you have problems. And we had them,” he stated.