Venezuela, having recovered from a physical encounter with Finland last weekend, is ready to receive Poland on Friday at the Polideportivo "José María Vargas" in La Guaira.
The Venezuelan team split the series with the Finns. In the inaugural game last Friday, the South Americans imposed themselves 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-22), and on Sunday they lost 1-3 (23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25).
Meanwhile, Poland lost both of their games to Brazil 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19) and 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-15).
Venezuela focused from Monday on improving the physical shape of its players to prepare them for the rigors of playing at this level.
According to captain Andy Rojas, the physical work undertaken will allow the Venezuelan team to come out much better against Poland. "We are in the process of obtaining better physical endurance, and when we achieve it, I am sure that the victories will come and we will be very satisfied in this league," he said.
Venezuela had Luis Díaz as its principal man in the attack in the first two games of the Intercontinental Round. On Friday, he posted 16 points and in the second game added 13 for his team. Iván Márquez and Thomas Ereú also stood out on offense. In the defense, libero Joel Silva did his work on the court.
Poland arrived on Tuesday morning with the goal of winning its first match in the World League 2009. In Brazil, Zbigniew Bartman, Piotr Nowakowski and Marcel Gromadowski were the most effective Polish attackers.
This Friday the Polideportivo "José María Vargas" in La Guaira, a city located 20 kilometers from Caracas, will be rocking with 5,000 spectators expected to support their national team.
Venezuela and Poland faced each other in the World League 2001 and 2003. The Europeans hold a 6-2 advantage against the South Americans at the tournament.