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Home crowd helps Poland overcome Argentina

Poland celebrate their victory over Argentina on Saturday

Wroclaw, Poland, June 26, 2010 – Poland beat Argentina 3-1 (25-19, 26-28, 27-25, 25-22) in their first match on home soil in the 2010 FIVB World League in front of more than 5,000 fans in Wroclaw on Saturday in their Pool D clash.

Saturday’s game in the Centennial Hall was far from easy for the European Champions as they had to fight hard to beat the world No.10.

The Poles improved their World League record to 4-3 as Final Round hosts Argentina remain winless in this year's competition. Jakub Jarosz topped the scores with 20 points while Gabriel Arroyo and Rodrigo Quiroga scored 15 points apiece for the visitors.

The first set started very even. Both teams made no errors and Poland led 8-7 at the first technical time out. After the break the hosts gained control taking advantage of Argentina's mistakes before Michal Ruciak closed the set for the hosts.

The visitors began the second well, jumping to a four-point lead but were not able to maintain the lead as Poland fought back. The set saw a tense finish however, with Argentina just having the edge over their opponents 28-26.

The home side opened the third set well, taking an early 8-5 lead. The visitors fought hard to close the gap and thanks to effective blocking they leveled the score at 14-14. The Poles took a two-point lead and marched towards victory before the visitors showed their fighting spirit once again. However Mariusz Wlazly's ace gave Poland a 27-25 win.

The fourth set saw both sides continue to pull equal before Patryk Czarnowski scored three points in a row giving Poland a 13-10 lead. The hosts never looked back from there and claimed the fourth set 25-22 to win the match.

The two sides face off again at 6pm local time on Sunday.


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