Brazil beat Poland 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-18) - duration 1:12
30-Aug, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:12 - Attendance: 1,300 Brazil struggle to beat powerful Poland
Brazil took a straight sets victory over Poland in the first match the South American champion played in the 2002 Women's World Championship. In the first two sets of this Pool D clash in Leipzig, Brazil had problems to dominate the match. Poland fought back bravely in the third one, but did not succeed to win a set. In front of 1,300 spectators, Brazil claimed the 3-0 victory. In the first set, Brazil took the lead caused by many individual mistakes of the Polish players. Brazil didn't give the lead away and thanks to powerful attacks the Brazilian team won the set, although the Brazilians temporarily had problems blocking the Polish attackers. In the beginning of the second set, Poland immediately took the lead up, but Brazil bounced back and grabbed the lead again before the team reached ten points. Poland's secure blocks and powerful attacks made it hard for the Brazilian team to bring the set home. The Polish coach Zbigniew Kryzanowski started the third set with captain in the starting six Ewa Kowalskowska for Malgorzata Glinka. The change had some effect and Poland managed to come back. But it was not enough to win a set. Brazilian Paula Pequeno was the best scorer of the match with 16 points, while Aleksandra Przybysz and Joanna Staniucha were both the main scorers in the Polish team with 11 points each. Winner Brazil will face China on Saturday, while Poland will meet Thailand on the second day of the event here in Germany.