Tomasz Fornal carves the path for Poland’s historical gold medal


Resistencia, Argentina, August 23, 2015 - In a nail-biting battle that lasted five thrilling sets, Poland became FIVB Boys’ U19 world champions for the very first time after trashing the party of home team Argentina 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 28-30, 25-18, 15-7) in a fantastic scenario in Resistencia.

Poland’s brightest star was outside hitter Tomasz Fornal, who fired out 24 points to guide his side to a double comeback against Argentina. Bartosz Kwolek contributed with 19 points and middle-blocker Dawid Woch added 16, the same amount than Argentina’s hot duo of Jan Martínez and Felipe Benavídez.

It wasn’t an easy task at all for Poland, because once again they struggled to build their game from their serving. Nonetheless, the Poles still outserved Argentina by a 9-5 margin and, when the bombs did make the damage, the block was also eased and Poland prevailed there as well, by 12-9.

The never-ending cheering of the crowd pushed Argentina forward on several moments of the game, but the tie-breaker was red and white from the very beginning, demolishing the home spirit and smoothing Poland’s golden road.


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