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Poland survive slow start to clinch win

Bartosz Kurek helped the hosts clinch the win over Puerto Rico on Friday
Plock, Poland, June 24, 2011 – Poland survived an early scare to see off 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League debutantes Puerto Rico in four sets (24-26, 28-26, 25-22, 25-17) for the first time in a new hall at home in Plock.

Bartosz Kurek, the MVP of the match, led Polish scorers with 30 points, while Puerto Rico's best scorer was Hector Soto with 28 points.

The first set was tight as neither team could gain more than a one-point-lead. It was Puerto Rico who gained a foothold before Kurek tied the score at 12-12 with the first ace in this game. But Puerto Rico again gained control to seal the first set and the upper hand.

The second set was very similar as both teams fought for every point. Puerto Rico was once again a little ahead for a while before the hosts went ahead. The guests were very close to gaining their first points in this year's edition of the World League but after a thrilling end the Poles came out on top with Michal Ruciak replacing Michal Kubiak in a decisive substituition.

The third set started better for the hosts however both teams looked tired. The hosts look on target to clinch the set, maintaining a two-point lead throughout. But Puerto Rico stole four points to bring the score closer before Poland nervously took a 2-1 lead.

Both teams started the fourth set very determined – the Poles wanted to end the game as soon as possible and Puerto Rico was desperately fighting for its first World League points. The guests, however, could not stand the pressure, and the home side took the lead before increasing their advantage and taking the match.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 15:00 GMT.


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