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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Poland beat Spain 3-1 (25-19, 25-11, 26-28, 25-18) - duration 1:53
06-Oct, start time: 19:40, end time: 21:33 - Attendance: 2,150
Poland says goodbye with a victory.
Both Poland and Spain were already eliminated fromthe 2002 Men's World Championship, but both teams wanted to win the last match. It was Poland that took the 3-1 victory and finish the event on the ninth position.
In a low emotion match Poland was better in all the skills during the first set.
The second set started with a Polish dominance. Marcin Nowak contributed significantly with an 50% blocking efficiency. Spain did not have the guts that was necessary to rob a set from the strong Polish team. Poland improved point by point, increasing their volleyball level to finally win the second chapter.
But Spain pulled back and tackled the third set with a different mind-set. Cosme Prenafeta, the Spanish setter, distributed the game adequately and improved his attackers effectiveness. Also Enrique de la Fuente (Spain) had a relatively good performance (75% attack) and added to the Spanish improvement which eventually won the third chapter.
In the fourth set, Spain got lost again and did not fight the Polish towers. Poland worked well and won the last match from group H. The Spanish lack of precision, concentration and attitude was frequent throughout their last 15th Men's World Championship match.
At the end of the match Piotr Lipinsky said "Spain is a good team and we played well".
/ajm