Lausanne, Switzerland, June 12, 2010 – Poland and Bulgaria both claimed their first wins of the 2010 FIVB World League on Saturday as Cuba remained unbeaten, USA triumphed, Serbia claimed victory and Russia were pushed close as the second weekend of the competition continues.
Poland saw off Argentina 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20) on Saturday morning (GMT) in San Juan to overcome their two losses to Germany last weekend. Jarosz Jakub topped the scores for the visitors with 26 points while Lucas Ocampo scored 16 for the hosts. However Poland coach Daniel Castellani knows that Sunday will be tougher.
"Argentina did not play as well as they know and we are aware that tomorrow will be a completely different match,” he said following the game.
Cuba added a third win to their Pool D campaign and dealt Germany their first loss since returning to the World League. Despite a shaky start in the first set the side regained control and had little trouble disposing of the visiting Germans in Havana as they delivered a 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-19) win to excite home fans.
Bulgaria added to Korea’s woes while picking up their first win of this year’s competition in Incheon with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) victory. The visitors were helped by their height advantage and currently sit third in Pool A.
"I am glad with the victory," Bulgaria coach Prandi Silvano said. "The first victory is always good. However, today our play was not good enough despite preparing for the match 15 days ago."
Russia survived a scare from Egypt for the second time in two matches as the visitors pushed them close before the home side picked up a 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8) win in a thriller. The Pool C clash nearly slipped from Russia’s fingers on a number of occasions. The match seesawed from the off with no team taking full control. However Russia found their composure in the tie-breaker to see out the match and give relief to the 4,780 fans watching in Kaliningrad.
Meanwhile, USA picked up a second win over Finland in Tampere, scoring a 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26) victory over the hosts. Finland began well picking up the first set before USA fought back and found their rhythm to claim the match.
"We got zero point from this weekend and that drives me crazy," Finland coach Mauro Berruto said following the match. "USA had a bit more confidence in hot moments of the sets. I am very sorry for my team. They deserved points from these matches."
Serbia maintained their unbeaten start to the World League with another victory in straight sets (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) over France in Grenoble in their Pool B clash. Despite the French clinching the lead in the first and third sets Serbia proved too powerful and last year’s runners-up had little trouble disposing of the hosts.
Sunday sees Brazil take on the Netherlands, Argentina play Poland, Cuba face Germany, Korea battle Bulgaria, Italy challenge China before Brazil host the Netherlands for a second time on Monday morning.