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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Brazil put Poland firmly in their place

Bruno, Lucas and Dante form a blocking wall against Poland's Bartosz Kurek

Ancona, Italy, September 30, 2010 – In a repeat of the last FIVB Men’s World Championship final four years ago, Brazil beat Poland 25-16, 25-20, 25-20 at the PalaRossini in Ancona in their second-round match in Pool N in this year’s competition in front of 5,650 people. In the 2006 final Brazil emerged 3-1 winners and so Poland, the reigning European champions, were out for revenge. But hard though they tried they were no match for the No1 team in the world on this occasion.

Leandro Vissotto Nieves led the Brazilian scoring with 21 points, including 17 spikes from 29 attempts and four blocks. Murillo Endres added 12 points for Brazil, while Piotr Gruszka was Poland’s top scorer with eight points. Brazil meanwhile held the edge in all statistical categories: spikes (52-39), blocks (9-3) and aces (6-2).

Brazil began in an aggressive and competitive fashion and immediately took control of the first set, with Poland coach Daniel Castellani calling for both of his team timeouts in the first half of the set, at 5-1 and 11-4 down respectively. At 16-9 Murilo sent down Brazil’s third ace and Poland were really were on the receiving end. Brazil secured a 10-point margin at 23-13 and closed the set at 25-16 after Michal Winiarski’s attacking error.

The second set started as a more even contest and at the first technical timeout Poland led 8-7. But Vissotto’s spectacular front-line shots saw Brazil then cruise to a 10-8 lead and Poland were obliged to ask for another timeout 14-10 behind. After that the European team found greater resolve and came back to level matters at 16-16 after Marcin Mozdzonek’s ace. But Brazil ran away again, to 22-18, with Dante and Rodrigao on target before Murilo took the set away from the Poles 25-20.

Vissotto opened the third set with two spectacular points, but the Polish picked up points and reduced their arrears to 5-4. Brazil led 8-5 at the first technical timeout before Dante got the crowd going with a telling pipe and from then on there was no way back for Poland.


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