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Top guns expected to duel in Puerto Rico

Poland's Bartosz Kurek (spiking against USA) is the current top scorer of the FIVB Volleyball World League 2011
San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 7, 2011 - The match-up between Poland and Puerto Rico on Friday and Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum features two of the top-scoring guns after the first two weekends of action in the Intercontinental Round of FIVB Volleyball World League 2011.

Poland's Bartosz Kurek is the top scorer of the competition with 78 points in four matches with an average of 19.5 per game, while Puerto Rican Hector Soto ranks third behind Mikko Oivanen of Finland with 69 points (17.25).

Another player among the top-10 scorers is Poland's Bartman Zbigniew with a total of 62 points (15.5).

FIVB Volleyball World League 2011 Top Scorers

Puerto Rico's Roberto Muñiz is in third place among the best servers with eight aces, while Grzegorz Kosok and Marcin Mozdzonek of Poland are tied for eighth place in the blocking division with 10 apiece for an average of 0.77 per set.

After winning their first three points with a 3-0 victory over USA in the opening match of Pool A as hosts in Lodz, Poland lost by an identical score in the next match against their American opponents. Last weekend, the European champions traveled to Rio de Janeiro and lost two 3-1 contests at Maracanazinho Coliseum to the two-time FIVB World League defending champions Brazil.

FIVB World League debutants Puerto Rico are still looking for their first points of the campaign, though they are showing signs of improvement. After losing two 3-0 matches against Brazil in the first weekend, the Puerto Ricans lost 3-1 in two well fought clashes with USA.

“We are trying to retain the good things we acquired in the past games and improve our blocking and effectiveness in our services,” Puerto Rico’s coach Carlos Cardona said. “I hope that our guys stay hungry for the victory.”

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