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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Poland cruise past Canada in straight sets to delight thousands of fans

Bartosz Kurek was the real "man of the game" for Poland this afternoon in Trieste
Trieste, Italy, September 25, 2010 - Poland scored a convincing 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-21, 25-13) this afternoon at the Palatrieste, with Canada lacking the consistency needed to pose a real threat to the 2009 European champions. The next assignment for Daniel Castellani's team is likely to be much more demanding as they take on a very ambitious German side mentored by Poland’s former head coach Raoul Lozano on Sunday evening.
Poland and Canada opened their World Championship campaign in front of a packed house loaded with fans appropriately dressed in red and white. It actually looked like a game being played in Lodz or Gdansk as the Polish community was heavily represented in the hall. The Canadian players and their coach Glenn Hoag were fully aware that this was going to be quite a challenge since, with their excellent technical skills, the Poles are able to raise the bar extremely high.

However, as a result of quite a few mistakes from both sides, the score stayed remarkably close in the opening set. Finally, after the longest and most exciting rally, Poland pinched it 25-22 but their performance was far from sensational. They continued to struggle to find their momentum in the opening rallies of the second set and Canada sailed rapidly away for an 8-3 lead. But it was short-lived with Canada suffering a severe blackout to help Poland back to 8-8.

Bartosz Kurek then fired up the Polish offence and, thanks to his precious contribution which included a couple of blocks, the score moved rapidly from 10-9 to 16-12. The destiny of the match was in a way already defined, the Poles did not let up and Kurek ensured a 2-0 set scoreline to the delight of thousands of frenzied fans.

The game was certainly not a classic, but still good enough to trigger great enthusiasm in the stands, with the Polish supporters singing, dancing and generally having fun all the way through. Poland played well enough in the third set, whereas Canada were again beset by continuous peaks and troughs and so finally the opening game in Pool F finished according to the formbook with a straight-sets win for Kurek & Co.

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