Tampere, Finland, July 10, 2009 – Finland won the first out of four matches versus Poland in the volleyball World League and climbed to the second place in pool D. In the match played in Tampere Ice Hockey Arena Finns scored victory in four sets by 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 28-26).
Finland has now five wins from nine matches and Poland has four. There will be a lot to fight for in the last three matches between these two teams.
In Friday's match Finland had very good blocking and also their attacks were efficient. The king of the court was Finnish opposite spiker Mikko Oivanen who scored 26 points. Olli Kunnari made 15 and Antti Siltala 12 points.
Poland's best scorer was Jakub Jarosz with 18 points.
Finland started the first set a little bit better than Poland attacking well and took 8-7 lead at the first technical time out. Both teams were maybe a little nervous and players made a couple of easy mistakes. Then Poland took some very good blocks and went to a 13-10 lead. Finland tied the set at 14-14 and it was still tied at 18-18. Then Finland took three points in a row leading 21-18. At the end of the set Finns had clearly more self confidence than the Polish players and Finland took the set 25-21.
The second set started also with a slight Finnish domination. Finns took 8-6 lead in the beginning of the set and was still leading with two points at 16-14. Then Finland hit some very hard serves and took points with great blocks. The situation was suddenly 20-15 and the rest of the set was quick and easy for Finland taking the last points to 25-18.
Poland started the third set better than Finland taking 8-6 lead. Finns made several service errors in the set. Poland played well serving hard and taking good blocks. They took six point lead at 14-8. Then Finland scored 4 points in a row and was again very close to the Polish team. Finland tied the set at 19-19. At the end of the set Poland however continued to set the pace. They won the set 25-22.
Finland was leading 8-6 when the fourth set was just in the beginning. Poland tied the set at 12-12 and the fight continued with only one or two points separating the teams during the set. So it was also in the end of the set, when Finland finally won the last point to take the set 28-26 by a huge jump serve of Mikko Oivanen.