Caracas, Venezuela, June 13, 2009 – Finland heads into
Sunday's match against Venezuela looking to obtain its first victory at the
2009 World League tournament, having lost in straight sets to the hosts on
The young Nordic team will look to make all the necessary
adjustments, especially in their service game, to beat their South America
rivals at the Poliedro de Caracas, which housed 6,900 spectators in Game 1.
Venezuela was a model of composure in the first match,
winning each set despite the fact that its players are not in tiptop physical
Although not an unexpected result, the win was very
pleasing to the Venezuelans, who did not have a lot of time to prepare for the
tournament and are under the guidance of new head coach Alexander Gutierrez,
who took over just a month ago.
The 3-0 win was nevertheless a hotly contested one, and
the same is expected for the second match.
The two men responsible for leading their attacks on
Saturday — Luis Diaz scored 16 points for Venezuela, while Mikko Oivanen bagged
15 for Finland — are expected to do the same Sunday.
The win was the 14th in 61 attempts by
Venezuela in World League competition. Venezuela played in the 2001, 2002,
2003, 2005, and 2008 editions of the World League, and has face 12 nations so