Poland entered the contest with a 5-1 mark, the only blemish being a five-set loss to Iran in the second round in Osaka. The U.S., which is 3-4 after the defeat, could not cope with Poland’s towering front line and power game on this day.
A Kurek spike gave Poland an early 4-2 lead in the opening set. Marcin Mozdzonek‘s spike made it 7-5 and Winiarski‘s blast took Poland into the first TTO with an 8-5 margin. William Priddy‘s spike down the middle made it 10-7 for the Poles. Clayton‘s serve into the net took it to 12-8. Bartman blasted a spike for 14-10. Kurek’s spike gave Poland a 16-11 lead at the second TTO. A service ace by Priddy pulled the U.S. within 16-13. Michal Winiarski‘s spike made it 18-12 and the U.S. called a timeout. Bartman’s service ace made it 20-13. Another Bartman spike moved it to 22-15 as Poland closed in on the set. Piotr Nowakowski‘s spike gave Poland set point and it ended 25-15. Bartman had eight points in the set.
The second set was even 5-5 when a U.S. pulled ahead a block 6-5. The U.S. led 8-7 at the first TTO. Kurek’s spike knotted the score 9-9. Mozdzonek’s block moved Poland ahead 12-11. Clayton’s spike missed the mark and Poland went up 15-12. Anderson served into the net and Poland was on top 16-13 at the second TTO. The U.S. pulled within 17-16 before Kurek uncorked another spike. With Poland in front 20-17, the U.S. called a timeout. Poland won a great rally to go up 21-18. Anderson served into the net for 23-20 and shortly thereafter Poland claimed the set 25-20.
Poland bolted to a 5-1 lead in the third set and the U.S. took a timeout. A Stanley spike made it 7-4 for Poland. Winiarski delivered a spike to put Poland on top 8-4 at the first TTO. Bartman’s service ace put Poland up 10-5. A Kurek spike made it 14-8 and the U.S. could feel the match slipping away and called a timeout. Mozdzonek’s spike sent Poland into the second TTO with a seven-point advantage at 16-9. A poor serve by the U.S. made it 19-12. A nice block by Ryan Millar pulled the U.S. with five points at 21-16 and Poland took a timeout. Another block by Poland made it 23-18 and then Stanley had a spike rejected to make it match point. Bartman ended it 25-18 with a blistering spike.