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Poland power past USA in straight sets 3:0

by WoV
source: fivb.org

Fukuoka, Japan, November 27, 2011 - Poland scored a comprehensive victory over the United States in straight sets (25-15, 25-20, 25-18) on the second day of third-round action in the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup at Marine Messe in Fukuoka on Monday.

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Poland celebrate after claiming their sixth win in the tournament

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.

Zbigniew Bartman paced Poland with 16 points. Bartosz Kurek added 14 in the win. Lukasz Zygadlo was named the most impressive player of the match.

Clayton Stanley led the U.S. with 10 points while Matthew Anderson chipped in with nine.

First set

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.

Second 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.

Third set

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.

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