France suffers the same fate as Canada over Poland
Poland brilliant comeback in the third set powered their 3-2 (22-25, 13-25, 31-29, 25-17, 15-12) win over France in the all-European derby at the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday.
Poland coach Stephane Antiga: “It was a beautiful victory for us. France led 2-0 but we never gave up. This is one of our characteristics. I’m lucky because I have a lot of high-level substitutes who can come in and turn the game. I want to congratulate my substitute players.”
Poland captain Michal Kubiak: “I’m very happy we won. We lost the second set pretty bad. New guys came into the court in the third set and led us to the win. The win is most important. We now have two wins here.”
France coach Laurent Tillie: “We had good concentration and attack at the beginning. Poland had Dawid Konarski and Fabian Drzyzga come in from the third set and they turned things around. We lost concentration and could not cope. The last five minutes of the third set was decisive. Poland are a strong team that plays beautiful volleyball. We will look ahead to the next matches.”
France captain Benjamin Toniutti: “The first two sets were good. It is very sad to end up with this result. We had a chance to win in the third set. They changed their pace and refreshed their mind and won. We will look to the upcoming games.”