POLONIA made sure there would be no repeat of past knockout cup embarrassments against lower league opposition with a 42-minute demolition of Malory Eagles - the fastest match in their history.
The London League team got the better of Polonia five seasons ago in the same competition.
But there was no mistake this time. A first set taken in just 15 minutes was the prelude to an easy straight-sets win: 25-10, 25-9, 25-12.
With several players missing due to illness, some changes were inevitable. Greg Niski, having played so solidly recently started at setter, with Kuba Jablonski at opposite.
The Slovakian middle blocking machine of Patrick Selep and Samuel Piecka retained their positions and Dominik Maslach and captain Michas Saller started as passer hitters. Norbert Offra completed the seven at libero.
Some high quality training led by new assistant coach Vaggelis Koutouleas inspired the team to seize the initiative immediately and the whole squad was given a run out.
In the second set, Piecka was given the chance to play left side with Michele Donolato taking his spot in the middle. Alex Gaitan took over as setter.
The third set allowed Andrzej Saller to take his place on court along with Rob Starkl Johnson. Allowing new players to enter the court cold could easily have arrested the momentum, but Polonia were ruthless.
With potentially five players vying for two middle blocker positions, Piecka had the chance to prove himself in a new role, so strengthening a position that had been causing some problems so far this season.