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Puerto Rico go down to Poland in straight sets

Poland's Lukasz Zyglado sets for giant Marcin Mozdzonek during the 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 11, 2011 - Youth prevailed over experience in the first match between Poland and Puerto Rico as the European champions scored an easy 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) victory at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan on Saturday.

The imposing presence of the tall Polish players translated to the net where they out-blocked the home side 10-1 with Marcin Mozdzonek and Piotr Nowakowski collecting three and two blocks respectively.

Puerto Rico’s veteran Hector Soto, who was coming off a 24-point game against USA last weekend, was held to only 10 points and appeared frustrated at the post-game press conference as he called the match “a disaster."

Poland’s Bartosz Kurek and Zbigniew Bartman, the top and seventh best scorers of this year's tournament, rose to the occasion by charting 13 and 15 points respectively in the first victory of their team since their opening straight sets win over USA in the opening weekend of the Intercontinental Round at home in Lodz.

Debutants Puerto Rico tried, unsuccessfully, an aggressive serving tactic to compensate the difference of size against their rivals in Pool A but with the consequence of also giving away many points with their failed attempts.

Poland’s opposite Bartman and setter Lukasz Zygadlo, playing for the first time in the position and as regular starter respectively, received credit from their coach Andrea Anastasi, who praised the winning attitude showed by his young side.

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