Twice The Netherlands appeared to strong, but in the end, the Polish volleyball ladies ended the European Championships in third, after having defeated Germany in the battle for third place: 3-0 (25:16, 25:19, 25:23).
The tournament started uncertain for the Poles. The team of coach Jerzy Matlak kicked off with a convincing 3-0 win over Croatia, but needed a fifth set against Spain (3-2 win). Things really got tensed when Poland got a proper volleyball schooling by The Netherlands (3-0 defeat) and the Polish ladies displayed a very disappointing 33 percent attack efficiency rate in front of 13,000 home spectators.
Revenge was taken against Belgium (3-1 win), and although the victory was hard fought, it would appear the turning point for the Poles in the tournament. In a must-win situation, Poland produced an amazing display of volleyball and overcame Russia 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22). And although The Netherlands again proved to be too strong in the semi-finals, the amazing performance against Russia was repeated against Germany, securing the third place, behind Italy (winners) and The Netherlands (runners up).