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Resurgent Poland put paid to Algeria

Poland's Katarzyna Zaroslinska spikes into the block of Lydia Oulmou (left) and Faiza Tsabet

Tokyo, Japan, November 3, 2010 - Poland improved to 3-2 in first-round play at the 2010 FIVB Women’s World Championship after beating winless Algeria (25-17, 25-16, 25-12) who now return home. The win completed a good comeback for Poland after dropping their first two matches to Japan and Serbia and they now move into second-round action which kicks off on Saturday.

Poland were led by their captain Aleksandra Jagielo and by Katarzyna Gajgal who each racked up 11 points. Standout players Anna Werblinska, Joanna Kaczor and Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale were among those who rested. The trio of Zohra Bensalem, Faiza Tsabet and Lydia Oulmou all scored seven points each for Algeria.

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Poland dominated from the start with solid play by Berenika Okuniewska who served up an early ace. She followed on the next point with a miraculous dig that set up a Jagielo spike to make it 8-2. They stayed comfortably in the lead as Jagielo drove home a spike to make it 16-8. A pair of attacks from Joanna Staniucha-Szczurek then gave Poland set-point, and they went on to take it 25-17 on a net serve by Tsabet.

The teams started the second set tentatively with Joanna Wolosz posting a pair to put the Poles 8-7 up. Katarzyna Zaroslinska got in on the action with a spike that blew past blockers Boukhima and Oukazi Fatima Zahra. An outstanding block by Gajgal on Algerian standout Bensalem was one of eight unanswered points for Poland who extended their lead to 21-11. Wolosz closed the set with an emphatic ace, taking it 25-16.

Poland cruised through the third set, taking a 10-point lead early on thanks to the fiery spiking of Karolina Kosek. Great serving by Okuniewska down the stretch helped them to set point, where Wolosz put it away 25-12 with a tip at the net.

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