Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 14, 2009 - Reigning World
Champions Brazil ended the first weekend of the 2009 FIVB World League with two
wins, downing Poland for the second straight day on Sunday.
Brazil won 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-15) at Ibirapuera
Gymnasium in Sao Pauloon Sunday, after winning the opener on Saturday 3-1.
Brazilian wing-spiker Thiago Alves was the top scorer of
the match with 14 points, all from spikes. For the Polish side, wing-spiker
Zbigniew Bartman was the best player with 11 points - 10 from spikes and one
Both teams started the match with different formations
from Saturday's game. Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende replaced wing-spiker
Joao Paulo and middle-blocker Eder Carbonera with Thiago Alves and Sidao,
Argentinean Daniel Castellani, who coaches the Polish
team, swapped Grzegorz Lomacz, Jakub Jarosz and the injured Bartosz Kurek for
Pawel Woicki, Marcel Gromadowski and Bartman.
With good blocks and a serve that hit the line by
middle-blocker Lucas Saaktamp, Brazil achieved an early 6-2 lead. With
efficient spiking and a good service game, Brazil opened up a 17-12 lead after
the second technical timeout, when Sidao scored two serves in a row. The first
set was closed 25-20 with a faulty serve from Poland.
Keeping the same rhythm as the first set, Brazil did not
take long to take control. The world champs went into the first technical
timeout with an 8-5 lead when Jarosz served out. Poland found its game and tied
the match at 13-13 when Marcin Mozdzonek scored on a serve, before taking a
16-15 lead when Brazilian opposite Rivaldo spiked into the net. But Brazil came
back and won the second set 25-20 with Rivaldo spiking.
A great performance from wing-spiker Thiago Alves gave
Brazil control in the beginning of the third set, as the hosts won the first
five points. Keeping a safe lead during the entire set, Brazil went to the
second technical timeout up 16-10. In the end, opposite Leandro Vissoto spiked
to put the match on ice, 25-15.
In the second weekend of the 2009 FIVB World League,
Brazil will face Finland at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasília, Brazil. The
matches will be played on June 19 and 20th. Poland will remain in South America
as the European team will play against Venezuela on the 19th and 21st at Jose
Maria Vargas Gymnasium in Caracas.