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USA rally to upset Poland in five-set thriller

Karolina Kosek tests triple-women block by USA Logan Tom (15), Foluke Akinradewo (16) and Destinee Hooker (19)
Ningbo, China, August 25, 2010 - The USA got off to a winning start to the final round of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix in Ningbo, China on Wednesday, coming from two sets down to beat Poland in a five-set thriller (13-25, 18-25, 28-26, 25-19, 15-12).

Both teams started below par in the opening stage of the first set before Poland established an 8-4 lead at the first TTO. Poor receiving and setting from the United States allowed Poland to pull away to 16-9 at second TTO. When 19-10 down, USA coach Hugh McCutcheon was forced to call a timeout but his instructions barely worked as shortly after the break, his side surrendered the set.

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Inspired by powerful spiking from Anna Baranska and Kosek Karolina, Poland took the upper hand throughout the second set, while USA were still struggling with receiving and setting.

USA put up more of a fight in the third set and held a brief 3-1 lead thanks to a string of kills by Tom Logan. But once the star spikers Anna Baranska and Kosek Karolina found their range, the Polish cantered off into the distance. Trailing 24-22, USA staved off two match points to level at 24-24. The battle became more intense as both teams traded points until when USA was 27-26 up, Polish opposite Skowronska-Dolata Katarzyna spiked out of bounds to hand their opponents a hard-fought set.

In the fourth set, Poland coach Jerzy Matlak made several changes to his line-up, taking off in-form Skowronska-Dolata Katarzyna and Karolina Kosek, which apparently hurt their attacking power. On the other hand, USA were on a roll, racing to an 8-4 lead in the first TTO before extending their advantage to eight points (16-8) the second TTO. Poland battled to cut down the gap to three points (21-18), but were unable to turn the tables.

When 5-2 down, Poland coach Jerzy Matlak called the first timeout. Anna Baranska led a 5-2 run for Poland to tie the score at 7-7. The USA then managed to go ahead 14-11 before Nnamani Ogonna delivered a fine spike from the middle to close out the dramatic match.


The USA will take on 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup winners Italy on Thursday while Poland take on defending champions Brazil.
  

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