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Poland dominate Puerto Rico in Pool A

Piotr Nowakowski blocks the Puerto Rico attack as he was named MVP of the match
Plock, Poland, June 25, 2011 – Puerto Rico was not able to follow up on an impressive start against Poland in their second FIVB Volleyball World League clash of the weekend as the visitors went down in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) in Plock on Saturday.

Piotr Nowakowski was named MVP of the match with 10 points for Poland while Puerto Rico's Hector Soto topped all tallies with 17 points.

Poland started the match with the same line-up as Friday while Puerto Rico made some changes as Sequiel Sanchez replaced Juan Figueroa due to injury. Once again Poland's Piotr Gruszka was not in the team which came as a surprise. He was expected to appear, after being selected in the squad for these two matches.

Poland held a narrow lead in the opening few battles before moving ahead after the first technical time out. Puerto Rico struggled to deal with a number of great services – particularly from Bartosz Kurek – as the hosts picked up the early lead 1-0.

Puerto Rico came out fighting in the second, clearly eager to make an impression as they held the home side out of the game. Frustration kicked for Andrea Anastasi’s side and the coach replaced Zbigniew Bartman with Jakub Jarosz and Michal Kubiak with Michal Ruciak. However it didn’t help as Puerto Rico stayed ahead. But a Michal Bakiewicz ace and a great spike from Kurek saw Poland come back and the last three points were won on sheer mental determination as they went ahead 2-0.

The Poles started the third set quickly gaining a three-point lead. Puerto Rico tried to tie the score, but could not get through the Polish block as the hosts dominated throughout the set to easily pick up the win and take second place in Pool A.

Poland will play its next game in Katowice on Wednesday defending champions Brazil while Puerto Rico travel to USA to face the Americans on Friday.
  

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