PUNE, India (Aug. 5, 2009) - Despite leading in three sets Egypt made mess of its game and Poland raced to its second win at 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21 Wednesday in Pool G of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship at Pune, India.
France and Poland are ahead in this pool with two wins each for 9 to 16th positions.
Mika Mateusz was the main attacker for Poland with 16 points from 25 attempts. And Konarski Dawid and Klos Karol chipped in with 14 and 8 points respectively. Overall Poland, which offered 31 error points against Egypt’s 26, did well in attack with 58 points from 120 spikes. For Egypt El Boghdady scored 14 points out of 31 spikes. Haikal Reda got 13 and Mohamed 11 from 33 spikes.
As a match it all the ingredients of attack, miss, frustration and finally the nerve-wracking finish. It is indeed difficult for any coach to swallow the defeat after leading in three of the four sets. The Egypt coach El Lakany showed his frustration during the post match press briefing. And Egypt is yet to win a match here despite this being its fifth encounter.
Poland’s scramble in the first set saw the team edge out Egypt at 25-22 and it would have definitely heaved a sigh of relief. With the Egypt coach shouting and the players responding to his call made Egypt surged in the early part. But Poland kept coming back as Mika was in good mood to attack.
However, Poland found its touch in the second set to surge to 16-11 and then wrap up the set despite striking a bad patch at 22-17 by spiking erratically. Egypt rallied from 16-22 to 20-22. Reda was angling his shots well.
Egypt came back strongly in the third set taking 8-6 and again 16-15 lead in the third set. Poland made it 19-all but Egypt this time did not relent. Despite some mistakes like failing to anticipate drops and quick attacks Egypt managed to hang on to the lead to win.
In the fourth set Egypt led 8-4, but allowed Poland to go ahead 16-15 by again making reception errors and throwing away the serves. But Poland enlarged the lead 20-16 and won the match after an exciting tussle.