Poland, June 27, 2009 – In a rematch of the 2006 World Championship final,
Brazil crushed Poland in straight sets. In the third meeting between the two
teams in 2009 FIVB World League, the South Americans took their third win,
defeating the home team 25-23, 25-22, 25-10.
City Hall in Lodz wasn’t a lucky charm for Poland on Saturday. Murilo
Endres of Brazil led all scorers with 16 points, while Marcel Gromadowski had
14 points for the hosts. It was Poland’s third loss of the competition, while Brazil
remains unbeaten in Pool D. Both teams will meet again on Sunday.
The first set opened with very good serves from Polish captain Michal Bakiewicz and great blocks from Marcin Mozdzonek. Both teams had some problems with the reception but it was the home team that led on the firs technical timeout 8-6.
Poland took a four point lead (14-10) after another good serving from Bakiewicz and Mozdzonek. Brazil reduced the deficit thanks to a block and an ace from Murilo Endres, but Poland kept ahead to reach the second technical timeout at 16-14.
The two point difference stayed until 18-16. Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende decided to make a double change, replacing Rivaldo and Bruno by Marlon and Vissotto respectively. Brazil took a two point advantage (20-18), but there was a tie when Murilo spiked out.
Poland still had huge problems with the reception and the first set ended with another ace of Murilo. Canarinhos won 25:23.
In the second set, Brazil took an early lead 4-2 and 6-4 due to a poor reception from Polish libero Krzysztof Ignaczak. Good play on the net didn’t help the hosts and Brazil led 8-6 on the first technical timeout.
The Poles finally found their rhythm and thanks to some great plays from Zbigniew Bartman and Mozdzonek in attack and unbelievable digging Ignaczak, they took a 17-13 lead.
Coach Rezende called a timeout and just like in the first set, Marlon and Vissotto appeared on the floor. It didn’t take long and there was a tie (18-18) on the scoreboard.
After a misunderstanding on the Polish side Brazil took a 21-19 lead and never looked back.
A powerful spike from Rivaldo helped the guest team to finish the set with a 25-22 win.
In the third set, Polish coach Daniel Castellani decided to swap his liberos and Pawel Zatorski replaced Ignaczak. Brazil took advantage of its good block and after a fine spike from Lucas Canarinhos left the floor for the first timeout leading 8-2.
The Poles looked as if they were without any hopes and a substitution of setter Pawel Woicki, opposite Jakub Jarosz and wing – spiker Bartosz Kurek didn’t change a lot. They made a huge amount of mistakes, as opposed to the relaxed Brazilians who led on the second technical timeout 16-6. The set ended with an unusual 25-10 result and the guest team took the whole match 3-0.