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Poland up and running after crushing Costa Rica

Anna Werblinska spikes into the block of Angela Willis and Karen Cope on her way to nine points in a crucial victory for Poland

Tokyo, Japan, October 31, 2010 - Having suffered two narrow defeats at the start of their FIVB Women's World Championship campaign, world No.8 Poland rebounded with an impressive straight-sets (25-14, 25-12, 25-15) win against world No.31 Costa Rica in Tokyo. Costa Rica, who had beaten Algeria on Saturday, were left with the same 1-2 Pool A record as their opponents.

Poland shared the points around with Berenika Okuniewska and Joanna Kaczor – their leading scorer so far – both posting 10 while Anna Werblinska and Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale collected nine. For the Costa Ricans, Verania Willis came to the fore once more with 10 points.

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Poland set the tone early in the first set with great attacking play from Katarzyna Gajgal and Ok
uniewska. A number of players contributed – there were impressive drives from Glinka-Mogentale and Kaczor and another from Werblinska as they moved 18-9 in front. A Glinka-Mogentale block gave Poland setpoint and they duly took it on a net serve by Verania Willis.

Gajgal continued to impress early in the second set, with a pair of spikes that helped Poland edge ahead at 8-6. Power-hitter Glinka-Mogentale was dropping bombs from the left, slapping one shot down in front of Costa Rica libero Marianela Alfaro to widen the gap to 15-7. Kaczor then drove home a kill of her own to cap a seven-point run by Poland as they stretched their lead to 20-7 before closing the set at 25-12 via a block by Karen Cope that fell wide.

Poland's block worked to good effect in the third set with Okuniewska and Kaczor frustrating Costa Rica's Cope repeatedly at the net. By contrast, consecutive spikes by Glinka-Mogentale sliced through opposition blockers Angela Willis and Mariela Quesada as the Europeans climbed 12-2 in front. Costa Rica showed spirited resistance to take nine of the next 10 points to make it 13-11 with strong play from the Willis sisters and Paola Ramirez. But Jerzy Matlak's team had too much for them on the day, and produced a run of their own punctuated by a Kaczor ace to make it 19-12. A clever side-tip by sub Joanna Wolosz then gave the set 25-15 to Poland and with it the match.

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