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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Poland 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 15-11) - duration 1:53
04-Oct, start time: 20:10, end time: 22:03 - Attendance: 1,850
Russia's outstanding performance.
The first set started with a high level of performance on both teams. However, Poland always dominated the scoreboard. The service was the tool used by the Polish team. To make things even Russia used their block. But having committed two service errors, Russia dropped the set at the end.
The second set started with very irregular service on the part of both teams. The game was erratic in all aspects which was reflected on an even scoreboard. From point 18 onwards Serguei Tetioukhine 100% side attack effectiveness was the key to make Poland's game difficult and to tie the match.
There wasn't much difference between the second and third set. Both teams made unforced errors constantly, until the scoreboard reached 14. The Russian team made a gap forcing the Polish reception with their serve, turning the match into their favor.
The fourth match was dominated by the Russian team. However, the Polish were not slow to try to catch up with certain effectiveness of their central players, Moran Nowak and Jaroslaw Stacelewski, to force a fifth set.
On the tie break Russia started using all their power. The last World League 2002 champions managed to win the match, even if they committed some mistakes because of the pressure exerted by Poland's counterattack.