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Polish attack too strong for Peru

Peru had their moments yet Poland's defence saw them home in straight sets in Tokyo's second game of the day

Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2010 – Poland virtually confirmed their place in the second round of the 2010 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship with a surprisingly comfortable straight-sets win (25-10, 25-15, 25-16) over Peru in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The victory cemented the world's eighth-ranked team in third spot in Pool A with their record of two wins and two defeats being reinforced both by a high points' ratio and by the prospect of facing bottom-placed Algeria in their final group game on Wednesday. Peru dropped to one and three and must win against fifth-placed Costa Rica on Wednesday to secure a top-four finish and second round berth.

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As a measure of their strong all-round performance, Poland's scoring at the Yoyogi National Stadium was well distributed, led by Joanna Kaczor with 13 points, Katarzyna Gajgal with 11 and Berenika Okuniewska with 10. Peru captain Leyla Chihuan chalked up eight points for the losing side.

Poland put the block on an attacking Peru from the start, with consecutive combos at the net – Milena Sadurek on Jessenia Uceda, and Anna Werblinska on Patricia Soto – making it 7-3 to Jerzy Matlak's charges.

Their imposing G-forces, Gajgal and Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale, were attacking fiercely to extend the Polish advantage. With help from Werblinska, Poland scored nine unanswered points to go 20-7 ahead. Berenika Okuniewska then closed out the first set, at 25-10, with a score.

Poland claimed six straight points at the beginning of the next instalment, including a pair of Sadurek aces. And although Peru fought back to within three points on a Jessenia flying spike that made it 14-11, Poland's Okuniewska, Gajgal and captain Aleksandra Jagielo all dropped multiple bombs to power their side to a convincing 25-15 second-set victory.

Glinka-Mogentale served up a trio of aces at Peru's expense early in the third, helping her team move 8-2 in front at the First Technical Timeout (FTT). Gajgal kept the Poles ahead, driving a spike that Peru's Soto could not dig up. The towering Kaczor then capped a six-point run with an incredible laser down the middle that made it 18-6.

The subsequent five-point streak from Kim Cheol Yong's Peruvians, powered by Jessenia and Yulissa Zamudio, was too little, too late, and Kaczor notched the last of her 13 points to close the set and the match, 25-15.


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