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ECJ W: Poland surprise titleholder Italy in straight sets

by WoV
source: cev.lu

Poland showed their muscles by defeating reigning champion Italy 3:0 in Sunday’s Pool II action at 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship – Women in Ankara, Turkey.



Russia beat Bulgaria 3:1 while Germany overpowered the Czech Republic 3:1 as well in today’s third match at Ahmet Taner Kislali Hall in Ankara.

It was the first major surprise of the 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European ChampionshipWomen when Poland crashed titleholder Italy in straight sets (27-25, 25-20, 25-20) in today’s fifth match of Pool II. Except for the first set, Italy never had a chance to overcome the strong Polish squad. Polish middle-blocker Agnieszka Kakolewska topped the scorers with 14 points, including 3 aces and 4 block winners. In the middle of the first set, Italy bounced back from 12-16, but couldn’t conclude their set ball at 25-24. Three Polish points in a row offered the girls in red and white jerseys the first set in extremis. Poland gained momentum and quickly led 6-1 in the beginning of the second set. Italian head coach Marco Mencarelli called his ladies off court to have a serious talk. However, it didn’t help as the Polish express moved on. Italy never gave up, but couldn’t find a way to stop the strong Polish squad (25-20). Two sets down, the titleholders led 8-7 at the first technical time-out in set No. 3. However, Poland kept cool, continuing their run until the end of the match (25-20). After yesterday’s win versus the Czech Republic, it was the second triumph for the promising Polish squad.
Polish head coach Andrzej Pec stated after the game: “We perfectly prepared the match and it was the key for the win. We also served very well.”  

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