Poland’s women’s volleyball team, led by head coach Labarini, punched its ticket to the Paris Olympics.
Poland (ranked 7th in the world) came from behind to defeat Italy (ranked 5th) 3-1 (15-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21) in the final match of Group C of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Final Qualification Tournament at the Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland, on Friday.
With the valuable victory, Poland improved to 6-1-1 with 18 points and punched their ticket to Paris alongside the United States (6-1-1 with 18 points) in Pool C. The United States topped the group with the advantage in set points.
Poland’s chances of qualifying for Paris were clouded by a 2-3 loss to Thailand, but they bounced back with an upset win over defending Olympic champions USA the day before in front of a sellout crowd of 13,600 on their home court in Łódź.
A near-capacity crowd of 12,800 was in attendance at the Atlas Arena for the match, which started at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Poland was led by Ace Stasiak’s 27 points, while Lukasik added 10 and Corneluk nine. Italy, on the other hand, were led by 26 points from Antropova and 12 from Pietrini, but were unable to hold on to a 23-21 lead in the second set after taking the first.
Italian coach Lavarini, who led South Korea to the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is now back in the hunt for an Olympic medal after toppling Italy.
Meanwhile, the Road to Paris 2024 final qualifiers were split between China, Japan and Poland, with Poland being the only team to book their ticket with home-court advantage.
In Group A, the Dominican Republic and Serbia finished first and second to earn their tickets to Paris. China finished fourth behind Canada with four wins and three losses.
In Group B, Turkiye topped the standings with seven straight wins, while Brazil defeated Japan 3-2 to earn a spot in Paris. Japan took the match to the final set in the final match, but conceded five straight points at 10-10 in the fifth set.카지노사이트
Seven nations have now qualified for the Paris Olympics, with host France, Turkiye, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Poland and Serbia all securing spots in the final qualifier.
The remaining five spots will be awarded to the top-ranked nations in each continent at the end of the 2024 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) qualifying rounds.
In Asia, China is currently ranked sixth with 329.65 points, while Japan is ninth with 305.09 points. Thailand is in 13th place with 222 points. South Korea is all the way down in 40th place with 93.72 points. Barring a major upset, China will start the 2024 VNL in a very favorable position.