Tampere, Finland, July 11, 2009 – Finland gave Poland a hard time in the volleyball World League match in Tampere Ice Hockey Arena on Saturday. Finns won the match 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) and they still fight for the place in Final Six.
Finns are now very close securing the second place in pool D. They need only one point from the last two matches in Poland. Finland has 6 wins out of 10 matches and 17 points. Poland has 4 wins and 11 points.
Finland was very strong and solid on Saturday's match. Mikko Oivanen was again the best scorer with 20 points. Olli Kunnari and Konstantin Shumov made 10 points.
The best scorer of Poland was Jakub Jarosz with 15 points.
The first set got a good start and both teams put up a good fight serving and hitting hard. Poland took 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout, but then Finland grabbed 5 points in a row. Setter Mikko Esko hit excellent float serves and Finnish block took important points. Finland was leading 16-11 at the second technical timeout. Finland kept the lead with solid performance of the team and excellent spikes of Mikko Oivanen. Finns won the set 25-18.
Finland continued to set the pace also in the beginning of the second set taking 8-5 lead. Finns led with 4 points at 16-12. After that Poland fought well and tied the set at 20-20. Then Finland took again two point lead and ruled the end of the set, which ended 25-22 to Finland.
In the third set Finland had again a good start leading at 8-5. Poland tied the set at 10-10. Then Finns made some outstanding digs and served well taking again three point lead at 16-13. Poland came once more closer to Finland and was only one point behind at 21-20 and 23-22. Finland took the last points and won the set 25-22.