Crystal Palace showdown for IBB Polonia London
12th December 2019
On Wednesday, in a meeting that brought together the current domestic league leaders from England and The Netherlands, IBB Polonia London unfortunately lost 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-20) at the hands of Draisma Dynamo Apeldoorn in the CEV Cup.
Now facing a make or break fixture to stay in the competition, Polonia will need to beat Dynamo 3-0 or 3-1 and win a golden set in the return leg to progress to the next round.
With the home advantage, the side will take to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre from 7pm on Thursday 19th December to launch their fight to stay in the prestigious European competition. Hopeful that fans of English volleyball will come out in force, tickets are available from IBB Polonia London from £1.99 for children under 12, from £17.99 for adults and special group and family ticket packages are also on offer.
Although Polonia didn’t quite find their rhythm in their first outing against Dynamo, they can take solace in their third set performance. The London based side can be proud of managing to keep the points gap to two or below for much of the set, even pulling into the lead on multiple occasions, which had proved a step too far in the first and second. Notably, this made it the second European game in a row where Polonia have showcased their best volleyball in the third set of a match – something head coach Vangelis Koutouleas is sure to examine in the next few days.
Captain Mihail Stoev once again showed his form on the European stage, ranking as the fourth best player and spiker and third best receiver. These accolades can be added to the impressive collection the number ten earned in Polonia’s Champions League second leg fixture against Croatian champions Mladost Zagreb: best receiver, best server, best spiker and best player.
The full squad, which included several English players in the team, can be read on the CEV match page along with the match stats from the fixture that was played out in front of 1210 fans in Apeldoorn.
To date, Polonia’s historic 2019/20 European adventure has seen them play across the top two club competitions in Europe: The Champions League and CEV Cup. Regardless of next week’s result, there is no doubting Polonia have capitalised on their domestic success and catapulted themselves into the European arena, exposing themselves to an even higher level of volleyball than in their history making 2016/17 foray into the CEV Challenge Cup.
How far can IBB Polonia London progress? Head to Crystal Palace next week to witness CEV Cup history and see if Polonia can produce an incredible comeback. Get your tickets now!
Main picture credit: CEV