TOKYO (AFP) - Poland's women's volleyball team reached their first Olympics in 40 years with a hard-fought win over Serbia in the final qualifying round on Saturday. Poland's 25-18, 25-14, 18-25, 22-25, 15-10 victory over the world bronze medallists made them the third team to reach the Beijing Games in August along with their opponents and Japan. Japan squeezed through to a 28-30, 25-14, 25-27, 25-21, 15-11 win over Thailand to stay unbeaten with six straight wins ahead of Poland and Serbia with a 5-1 win-loss record in the eight-team round robin. The winners of the tournament, along with the best-placed Asian nation and the two other best-placed teams from the remaining six, qualify for the Games in August. With one more match left, Dominican Republic have a 3-3 record, South Korea 2-4, and Thailand, Kazakhstan and Puerto Rico 1-5. The former European champions Poland have not reached the Olympics since 1968, when they won their second successive bronze medal. "I'm really happy for the victory today because it gave us the chance to go to the Olympic Games. And I'm really proud because the country couldn't go for 40 years," said Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata, who starred in the win. "I hope we are able to go there and fight to show we are a good team. Volleyball is loved there (in Poland), the people are enjoying this sport, and we are very happy to give happiness to the people." For Poland's Italian coach Marco Bonitta, who guided Italy to glory in the 2002 world championships, it will be his second Olympic Games. "I have a lot of emotion inside me now because my team and Poland people have waited for this moment for long years. It's very important because this is the most important competition in the world," said Bonitta. Serbia coach Zoran Terzic said that he rested some players because of injuries and fatigue. "We won the bronze medal in the world championships in 2006. We won the silver medal in the European championships in 2007. And in 2008...," Terzic said, alluding to hopes his side can go one better in Beijing. Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 25-23, 25-14, 25-18 to keep their Olympic hopes alive, while South Korea crashed to a 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 loss to Kazakhstan. "There's no doubt that tomorrow's match (against South Korea) is very important. I expect it to be a tough match. South Korea are speedy and their combination is good," said Dominican coach Beato Miguel Cruz. "It's a question of how we can slow them down and stop their quick attacks with our blocking. I trust my players and we have a chance to beat them."