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New-look Brazil opens with win over Poland

Brazil got off to a winning start against Poland in Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 13, 2009 - Brazil made its 2009 World League debut this Saturday with a new team led by setter Bruno Rezende and libero Sergio Escadinha.

Following in the footsteps of the previous generation of players, the young South American team beat Poland 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19) for its first win at the tournament.

The match was played at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the same venue where Brazil and Poland will clash again on Sunday at 10 a.m. (local time). Brazil and Poland are part of Pool D along with Finland and Venezuela.

Brazilian wing-spiker Murilo Endres led all scorers with 16 points - 14 spikes, one block and one serve. Marcel Gromadowski led Poland with 11 points, all spikes.

Bouyed by spikers Jakub Jarosz and Bartosz Kurek and a powerful block, Poland started the match better than the hosts, taking an 8-5 lead into the first technical timeout. Improving its own blocking game, Brazil leveled the match at 11-11. But Poland regained control of the match to move ahead 20-16 when wing-spiker Murilo Endres spiked into the net. In the end, with opposite Leandro Vissoto blocking and spiking, Brazil reduced the disadvantage but was not able to avoid defeat, falling 25-23 with Jarosz spiking.

 In the second set, it was a Brazilian block that made the difference in the first points. With middle-blocker Eder Carbonera stopping the Polish attack three times on the same point, Brazil led 5-3 before stretching the advantage to 8-6 by the first TTO. The South Americans kept ahead to reach the second TTO at 16-13 when Kurek served out.

The Polish Team suffered a huge loss when Kurek sprained his right ankle and had to leave the match. A wayward serve from Jarosz gifted Brazil the win, 25-18. The set point was a reflection of Poland's performance throughout the set, as the Europeans committed 11 errors.

 With a good rhythm at the beginning of the third set, Brazil had no trouble taking a 9-1 lead. Poland reacted and reduced the difference to 13-9 with Zbigniew Bartman spiking strongly. With Rivaldo showing many alternatives in spiking, Brazil edged closer to the win at 19-13. When Lucas Saatkamp blocked Piotr Nowakowski, the South Americans clinched the win at 25-20.

Flying from the backcourt, captain Murilo Endres gave Brazil an 8-6 lead at the first TTO. Brazil then scored four points in a row and with composure kept the score in its favor until the end of the match. Roared on by the home crowd, Brazil wrapped up the match 25-19 on a Saatkamp spike.





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