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USA into semis as Poland's dream run comes to a close


USA players celebrate the victory against Poland to qualify to the semifinal

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 2 2013- World No. 5 USA booked a semifinal spot after beating No. 6 Poland 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 26-24) in the quarterfinal of the FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Friday.

 The victory means USA to play Brazil for the second time in the semifinal after they met before in the Pool C stage, while Poland made it to the 5 to 8 standings against Japan.

 USA improved their overall competition win- loss ratio to 5--1, while Poland dropped to 4-2.

 Highly efficient in blocking and backline defence, USA succeeded to do a good job during the whole match and didn't allow the Poland team to come through except in the third set when the Poles used their wing attackers to bring up goods to their teams, but USA succeeded to win the crucial points to win the match in straight sets.

 USA won 15 successful blocks during the match out of them 5 by the 197 cm tall Audriana Fitzmorris who had the match best blocking performance beside 5 ace services which made the difference against 9 blocks and 6 aces from the Polish side.

Alexa Smith was USA's best scorer with 13 points followed by Mikaela Foecke 11, and from Poland three players; Malgorzata Smieszek, Kornelia Moskwa and Kornelia and Magdalena Damaske scored 10 points each

 

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