Greece beat Poland 3-2 (33-31, 16-25, 25-23, 25-27, 16-14) - duration 2:02
01-Sep, start time: 20:00, end time: 22:02 - Attendance: 2,500 Greece wins five sets thriller against Poland
Greece wrote volleyball history by winning for the third straight time at their first ever appearance during a World Championship. Both Greece and Poland needed a win to keep the door open to the second round. In a dramatic encounter, competitive rallies between the two opponents made the game exciting up to the end. Finally, Greece won and took the third victory of tournament. At the beginning of the first set none of the teams dominated the other. After the first technical time out Poland gained slight advantage. However, Greece came back and took the lead at 17:16. Polands coach Zbigniew Kryzanowski substituted Ewa Kowalkowska (1.82 m) for Malgorzata Glinka (1.90 m). By gaining six points in a row Poland could narrow the gap. In the end, Greece won thrilling set 33-31. Poland led 8-4 and continued to dominate the play up to the second technical time out. The Polish team seemed more confident in the second set and kept up the lead. After falling behind six points Greek coach Dimitrios Floros substituted four players of his starting six. So the quick Polish players levelled the match. Like in the first set, the third set started with no favour for Poland or Greece. After the Greek team gained slight advantage, Poland took the lead at 14-13. Long and exciting rallies followed, putting one team in front and then the other. Greece proved a little better in the end and grabbed the set 25-23. Being behind 0-4, Poland's coach Zbigniew Kryzanowski again brought key player Malgorzata Glinka for team captain Ewa Kowalkowska into play. Scoring six points in a row, Poland went in front immediately. Greece put up a hard fight but Poland won the set 27-25. The fifth set tiebreaker stayed exciting up to the very end. Poland had two match points at 14-12, but cheered by the fanatic crowd of 2,500 fans, Greece celebrated its third victory claiming the set with 16-14. Greek Zanna Proniadou was the best scorer of the match with 20 points, including 7 kill blocks.