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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Poland beat Brazil 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 27-25, 21-25, 15-12) - duration 2:16
27-Jul, start time: 15:10, end time: 17:26 - Attendance: 11,500
Poland still on a winning streak.
The Poles took a second victory in two days from Brazil, the World League Champions in a very dramatic and exciting match. The host team had to do without injured receiver Swiderski, which resulted in some modification of tactics with Gruszka moved to receiving and Prygiel, hero of Friday's tiebreaker, getting his chance as a first line-up opposite attacker. But this time it was Murek who led Poland to an amazing success. It all started with the Poles' win in the opening set when the white-red team grabbed important points to convert the score from 15-15 to 18-15. In the second part of the game the Brazilians struck back, taking an early lead and hanging on fast until the end of the set. Poland went on to prevail in the third set, but only after Brazil defended two setballs. The result was tied again after the fourth set, when the visitors gained such an advantage that Polish head coach Wspanialy decided to make several changes in the line-up to give his core players some rest. The tiebreaker proved very similar to the one on Friday. Brazil went up 6-1 and 7-2 but powerful services by Murek, backed up by good attacking allowed Poland to come from behind and take the lead. Brazil thens eemed to lose heart and gave the amtch away. "What can I say? Normally at this level, you can't win a tiebreak when the opponent is leading 7-2," comented Polish head coach Wspanialy - "I'm extremely happy, most of all because my players kept fighting until the end."
Brazil's head coach Rezende responded saying: "We did not make any camouflage here in Katowice, at the moment this is the best we can play, but I still hope we will improve to reach our top disposition for the World League Finals and World Championships"
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