PUNE, India (Aug. 2, 2009) - Brazil scored a runaway victory over Poland at 25-18, 25-23, 25- 18 in Pool D of the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship at Pune, India, on the third day.
With this third straight victory Brazil finished on top of the pool and moved into the second round. Poland lost all its three matches in the first phase.
Brazil’s attack was not as efficient today as Franco, Maruicio Silva and Renan Buitti got only single-digit points of 9, 7 and 5 respectively. But Brazil did better in block with Renan scoring five points. Poland’s attack was even worse as Kozlowski and Krol, a prolific scorer, got only five points each.
Brazil got off to a smooth start and raced to 16-12 lead as if it was playing in a practice match. Having qualified for the second round with two wins there was no pressure on Brazil. So the south American team combined smoothly and Poland was tentative and its attack lacked punch. Without any resistance Brazil wrapped up the first set with ease.
Poland really did not put its heart into the match. It played a rather dull game and showed no aggression. The Poland coach agreed later and said the team’s first match loss affected it badly and it did not recover from that mental shock.
Only in the second set did Poland play better, showing some fire power. It actually led 8-6, 16-15. But Brazil overtook it immediately after the second technical time out and surged ahead without any resistance from Poland. In fact, the game was so dull that the spectators moved out before the end of the match.
Having won both the sets comfortably Brazil tried some bench players. Still the defending champion managed win the third set too comfortably.