Caracas, Venezuela, June 12th 2009 - Venezuela felt no
nerves in the beginning of the 20th edition World League in beating Finland in
straight sets 27-25, 25-21, 25-22 at the Poliedro de Caracas.
It was the first opening-game victory for Venezuela, who
is competing in their sixth World League tournament.
The first set was very even. Venezuela began with several
methods of attack, but Finland was able to adjust its block to stop the offense
of its rivals. Venezuela's service games were the difference in the end, and a
powerful service game from Luis Diaz was the difference for the home team.
The Finns started the second set strongly. Their defense
stopped the attack of the Venezuelans, who made many mistakes. Finland took
control in the two technical time-outs, but then Venezuela woke up. Again, they
relied on the attack and combined power of Ivan Marquez and Luis Diaz.
In the third set, Finland once again took control of the
scoreboard in the beginning, but they gradually lost strength. With a faltering
attack, there was little Finland could do to keep their advantage. Venezuela
was superior with its collective game and won via the production of Luis Diaz,
who added 16 points, and Ivan Marquez, 14.