Hoffman Estates, Illinois, June 17, 2011 – Feeding off the cheers of 4,700 mostly Polish fans, Poland defeated the United States 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20) on Friday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Poland’s Zbigniew Bartman led all scorers with 16 points on a match-high 14 kills and two blocks. Bartosz Kurek added 12 points on eight kills, one block and three aces.
Reid Priddy paced the U.S. with 13 points on 11 kills, one block and one ace. Clay Stanley had three aces for the U.S.
Poland out-blocked the U.S. 10-5 and had five aces to four for the U.S.
The U.S. held an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout of the first set. With the score tied at 3-3, Poland scored twice on a Kubiak kill and a block to go ahead 5-3. The U.S. came back on Poland’s service error, a hitting violation and a Lee block to lead 6-5. The teams were tied at 7-7 when the U.S. went ahead on Stanley’s kill. The teams traded points until the score was tied at 11-11 and Poland was called for a net violation. The Poles came back with a kill from Kubiak, an ace from Mozdzonek and a kill by Bartman, leading Knipe to call a timeout. However, after the break and a long rally, Poland scored again on two straight Kubiak kills to lead 16-12 at the second TTO. The United States came out of the break and scored twice on a Priddy kill and a Polish hitting error to pull to within two at 16-14, but Poland ended the run with a Nowakowski kill. The teams traded points until Poland moved into a 20-17 lead. The U.S. scored on Anderson’s kill followed by a Stanley ace. Poland called timeout, but Anastasi’s plan to ice Stanley’s serve was thwarted as Stanley aced again to tie the score at 20-20. The teams traded service errors to make it 21-21. Poland scored on two straight blocks to lead 23-21. Knipe called timeout and Priddy scored on a tip. Poland came back with a Kubiak kill and U.S. hitting error to win the set. Kubiak led all scorers with seven points on seven kills. Lee had two blocks.
The U.S. took a 3-2 lead to open the second set, scoring on kills by Anderson and Stanley. But Poland tied the score on a U.S. serving error and then went ahead on a U.S. hitting error, an ace from Kurek and a block. Knipe called timeout but Poland kept coming, using a kill and U.S. hitting error to lead 8-3 at the first TTO. Poland scored two more points coming out of the break on two kills before Priddy ended the run with a tip. With Poland leading 11-5, the U.S. scored on Poland’s serving error and an Anderson kill. The teams traded service errors and Priddy scored with an ace followed by a Lee kill to pull within two at 12-10. At 13-11, Poland scored on two kills in a row to lead 15-11. Stanley took the serve on Poland’s error and struck with an ace, but Poland’s Kubiak came back with a kill to give Poland a 16-13 lead at the second TTO. Poland maintained a three-point lead until it was 20-17 and it went up by four on a Kurek kill off an overpass. Knipe called timeout and Priddy scored with a kill, but Poland took a 22-18 lead when Anderson hit the antenna. Two more Poland kills gave them set point at 24-18. Anderson scored with a kill before Bartman ended the set with a strike.
The U.S. opened up a 3-1 lead in the third set, including a Priddy kill. It led by two at the first TTO, with Priddy scoring the deciding blow. Poland came back to tie the score after the break with a Mozdzonek block and Kurek kill. The teams traded points until the score was tied 10-10 and Poland struck twice on a U.S. service error and Kurek ace. Knipe called a timeout, but Kurek answered with another ace. Poland reached the second TTO with a 16-11 edge after a Mozdzonek ace and U.S. hitting error. Poland reached match point at 24-19 on a kill by Bartman. Lotman had a kill before a U.S. service error ended the match.