Their memorable run became even more special on Wednesday, when they downed Germany in the quarterfinals and secured a spot in the semifinals. The Poles had a relatively comfortable three-set win over the Chinese when the teams met in the Preliminary Phase, but they know it will probably be very different now.
“China are playing much better now than when we faced them,” libero Maria Stenzel commented. “There’s a lot of things in their game we need to focus on, but our coaching staff will prepare us for it. At the end of the day, in matches like this, it’s the attitude that makes a difference. We believe in our team, we trust we can beat China and that’s the mindset we’ll go to the match with.”
China, who are back in the VNL semifinals after missing out in the last two seasons, will be looking for their third medal after taking bronze in the first two editions of the VNL, in 2018 and 2019.