Gdynia, Poland, August 8, 2010 - Poland picked up a 3-1 (16-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-23) win over the USA as the first weekend of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix continued in Gdynia.
Polish setter Katarzyna Skorupa was the top player of the match as Destinee Hooker topped the scores for the Americans with 19 points while Poland's Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata gained 21 points for her side.
Poland started first set nervously, making many unforced errors, and the visitors quickly took the lead. They kept it till the end of the set, not letting the hosts back into the game (16-25).
Poland made a change to the setters (Katarzyna Skorupa took Milena Sadurek's place) and middle blocker (Berenika Okuniewska instead of Katarzyna Gajgal) at the beginning of the second set as they stormed to the lead following a number of American errors. However, after first TTO (8-4) they 'woke up' and tied the score at 9-all. But Poland eventually drew level thanks to a number of strong attacks.
The Poles started the third set full of energy as the U.S. had problems with the Polish counter attacks. The hosts kept up their attacking efficiency and service to seal the set in front of ecstatic home fans.
The fourth set was even at the beginning, with America taking a narrow lead. However the hosts dug deep to see out the win.
Poland now travel to Okayama, Japan as USA move to Bangkok, Thailand for next weekend's action.