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Poland outplay resilient Russia in five sets
 

Poland's Sebastian Swiderski swipes in a spike
BEIJING, 18 August - Poland came from two sets to one down to overcome a strong Russia team in five sets (17-25, 26-24, 24-26, 25-23, 15-12) at Capital Gymnasium on Monday.
 
Semen POLTAVSKIY (RUS) exploded early on in the first set for Russia, scoring on two opposite side hits. Russia's blocking also worked from early on and even Poland's power-hitter Mariusz WLAZLY (POL) struggled with the tall Russian blockers as most of his attacks went out to avoid the block.
 
Poland could not stop the POLTAVSKIY attack as he continued to dominate on the right side.  Alexander KOSAREV (RUS) hit deep into the Polish court and took the score to 21-12. Sergey TETYUKHIN (RUS) scored the last point of the set to make it 25-17.
 
In the second set, Poland established a tighter block to counter the Russian attack. Russia managed to hit over the block from a TETYUKHIN surge. 
 
Russia missed finishing the set due to service and attacking errors and Michal WINIARSKI (POL) took advantage to deliver a drop shot that finished the second set 26-24. 
 
POLTAVSKIY (RUS) had mastered the Polish block as he attacked on a drop shot to give Russia a slim advantage on the third set at 10-9. Russia capitalised on a call by the referee of a WINIARSKI (POL) attack which was reversed after being declared a lifting violation. Russia started to score on their good shot placements and led at 21-19.
 
Marcin MOZDZONEK (POL) kept Poland close behind on his big blocks on POLTAVSKIY, one block even hit Yury BEREZHKO (RUS) in the face. KOSAREV (RUS) made a huge block on WLAZLY (POL) at the end of the third set at 26-24.
 
Poland had found a way to block the POLTAVSKIY attack on the fourth set. Marcin WIKA, Lukasz KADZIEWICZ and WLAZLY (POL) teamed up to run the Polish attack, MOZDZONEK (POL) took care of the block. KADZIEWICZ extended the match into a fifth set with 25-23 from a middle hit.
 
WLAZLY (POL) took charge in the fifth set with his strong spikes and to compound things Russia struggled on their service errors. KADZIEWICZ (POL) put on a solid block for match point until WLAZLY (POL) finished the set on another powerful spike to take the set with a convincing 15-12.
 
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