Greatest Volleyball Matches

Greatest Volleyball MatchesNETHERLANDS – ITALY, MEN’S OLYMPIC FINALS 1996 (3:2)POLAND – SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO, WORLD LEAGUE, MEN’S SEMI – FINAL 2005 (2:3)POLAND – RUSSIA, WORLD CUP 2006 (3:2)POLAND – ARGENTINA, WORLD CUP 2018 (2:3)BRAZIL – USA, MEN’S OLYMPIC FINALS 2008 (1:3)Those were my best matches of all times. Ones that I could remember and with my favourite volleyball players. A lot of thrill, emotions and plot twists!Poland started the first game very well by set up the block and stopped Marković. Serbs could not find a recipe for the excellent Grzyb, Wlazly (attack) and Kadziewicz (block). Grbit’s three aces gave Serbs hope to make up for the losses. Their better game and the simple mistakes of Poland meant that the result was a draw 22:22, and a moment later 23:23. However, Milijkovic’s two mistakes (auto play and attack) gave Poland the coveted victory. In the second set Poland was leading 5:2, 9:5. At this stage of the set, Piotr Gruszka and Wojciech Grzyb stood out, but the quality of the block was much worse. At the end of the game, at 22:19, Aleksandar Mitrović scored a technical service, the result 23:22 appeared on the scoreboard. The next points were scored by Murek, Grbić and finally the set ball, Mariusz Wlazly. In the third set, Goran Vujevic’s play allowed Serbia to jump back by several points. Despite the efforts of the Polish team, Serbs finally won 25:20. In the next clash, with the result of 8:10, the Serb mistakes allowed Poland to lead to a draw at 10. However, they enjoyed a favorable result for a short time, as they were losing 10:14 after a while. Nikola Grbić finished the game with a spectacular service ace and the tie-break became a reality. The last set started with Poland’s false start. Mariusz Wlazly had problems with finishing his actions, as a result Serbs took the lead 5:0. Poland’s players had too few strengths on their side to make up for the losses. Especially Nikola Grbić, Aleksandar Mitrović and Ivan Milijković, who did not perform well in the previous games, turned out to be the white and red executioners. The tie-break ended with 10:15, and the whole game was won by the Serbs 2:3. The best player of the game was Nikola Grbić, captain of Serbia and Montenegro, who, playing as quarterback, scored as many as 12 “points” on his account.POLAND – RUSSIA, OLYMPIC 2008 (3:2)One of the most memorable and dramatic game of the Polish national team in The Olympics 2008. Amazing battle between Poland and Russia in the tie-break. Poland was already losing 0:2, but managed to turn the tide of this clash. The Olympics are special tournament for volleyball players cause of Olympic pension. Mariusz Wlazły with 23 points was the best scorer of that game. The result of the last set, 15:12, proved that Poland is a relatively strong team. That was quite of a sensation. Poland defeated the absolute favorite. Interestingly, at the bookmaker Betclic with a promo code, by betting on the underdog’s victory of 10 euros, you could win 200 euros of Betclic bonus.The newly crowned FIVB World League champion USA proved their quality with a victory in this game of strength and delicacy, skill and bluff, and individual energy and teamwork. Brazil, who also won Olympic gold in 1992 in Barcelona dominated the opener with powerful serves and unyielding defense, thanks to the stunning Andre Heller and captain Giba. The Americans could barely organize effective counterattacks for their poor reception, surrendering the set 25-20. The U.S. wing spiker Clayton Stanley came to the rescue at the second set with devastating serves and high-jump spikes. Staying within an early lead 8-1, David Lee and William Priddy launched a brilliant wave of attacks to the Brazilian court to level up to 20-15. Giba’s ace serves and spikes helped Brazil to catch up as close as 21-20. But it was Stanley again who scored two points in a row to take the set point 24-21. Andre saved one set point with an ace serve, but Stanley clinched the set for the U.S. 25-22 with a spike. The Americans kept their winning momentum with even better defense to take the third set 25-21. The two sides fought closely in the fourth set before a 20-20 draw, when Stanley broke the tie and helped the Americans lead 23-21 with two kill blocks. Ryan Millar’s spike added one point to push it to 24-22. Andre saved one match point with spike, but Stanley grasped the victory for the U.S. 25-23 with a spike.The best match of all time is still the Netherlands – Italy Olympic final from 1996. Two star packed teams, both at the absolute peak of the powers, playing at their best form. There is no words to describe that show. See it by yourself.