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Brazil beat Poland to make perfect start to VNL

Brazil players celebrate their win over Poland to make it three wins from three at the VNL
Katowice, Poland, June 2, 2019 – Brazil fought back from losing the opening set to beat Poland 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-17) at the Spodek Arena on Sunday and end week one of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League with three wins from three. 

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic champions, and 2014 and 2018 FIVB world champions Poland began the match with victories over Australia and USA to their names, but after a nervy start Brazil regained their composure and dominated the remainder of the match. 

Ricardo Lucarelli Souza led scoring for Marcelo Fronckowiak’s side with 17 points. Yoandy Leal Hidalgo contributed 15, Wallace De Souza weighed in with 14 and Lucas Saatkamp hit 12 including the winner from an attack down the centre of the court. 

Poland found it hard to find their rhythm in front of a packed arena. Artur Szalpuk led their scoring with 15 points and Bartosz Kwolek, who scored 13 points, was the only other player to hit double figures for Vital Heynen’s team. 

Brazil now travel to Tokyo to take on Japan, Iran and Argentina in week two. Poland are in action in Ningbo in week two where they take on hosts China, France and Bulgaria. 

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