Poland's Mariusz Wlazly spikes
Beijing, August 12, 2008 - Poland took a comfortable victory over Egypt in straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-10) in a Pool B match of the Olympic Men's Volleyball Tournament at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium on Tuesday. With the win, Poland followed Russia to clinch the second win, sharing the lead in Pool B with four points.
Poland kicked off the first set one step of their Egyptian counterparts and stayed that way for the rest of the match.
Michal Winiarski (POL) and Sebastian Swiderski (POL) showed excellent stamina, driving powerful back-court spikes and scoring four and five points in the first set respectively.
Egypt used libero Wael Alaydy (EGY) to set up accurate attacks from star players Saleh Youssef (EGY) and Ahmed Abdel Naeim (EGY), but became hindered by Poland's strong service and subsequently lost the first set 25-21.
A lack of communication on the Egyptian team led to confusion over who should receive the ball, and multiple unforced errors allowed Poland to forge ahead and secure the second set.
Egypt's complacency continued into the third set, and Poland did not need to try hard to block balls that flew wide of the court. Swiderski continued to dominate the attacking zone, scoring 12 spikes and get 13 points in total over the course of the match.
While Egypt put on a good show of strength and agility they were no match for Poland, who convincing brought the third set and final set to a close at a score of 25-10.