Ostrava, Czech Republic, July 30, 2017 – Poland played a very strong match in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2017 Group 2 final to defeat Korea and win the title, as both sides admitted in their post-game statements.
Jacek Nawrocki, coach of Poland: "We are very happy to win against Korea when we consider the two defeats before. We played this match very well, with passion and determination. Our blocks were perfectly placed today so we scored a lot of points with them. It is a very important victory for us."
Berenika Tomsia, player of Poland: "I am very happy we won today, because those matches are always very difficult against Korea. I think we chose the best day to go for the victory. In the beginning we played very focused and we pushed so hard. We knew the Korean team is really good, so we had to give everything into this match and stay patient. I am very happy and proud of my team."
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Sungjin Hong, coach of Korea: "In today’s game we seemed little bit tired, because the World Grand Prix has lasted for few weeks already. It was not the performance we are used to. I think Poland improved their game a lot and they played a very different game from those two matches before. It was difficult for us since we were under pressure because we were kind of expected to win. It was not our day."
Yeon Koung Kim, captain of Korea: "Actually after yesterday’s game we were a little bit tired for sure. Poland’s team is very strong. We beat them twice in the last few weeks, but today it was a very different game. However, I think we did our best to win. Poland played a different game for sure, but I am happy we could finish second. It was an honour to play at this tournament."