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Brazil too strong for Poland

Brazil's Theo is too strong for Poland's Bartosz Kurek in their clash on Wednesday
Katowice, Poland, June 29, 2011 – Poland suffered a 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-16, 26-24) loss to defending FIVB Volleyball World League champions Brazil on Wednesday night in Katowice as the world No.1 recovered from their loss against USA last weekend.

Theo, MVP of the match, scored 20 points for Brazil, while the best scorer for Poland was Bartosz Kurek with 13 points.

The first set started well for the hosts as they were buoyed by 11,000 fans. They took a quick three point lead but the visitors fought back at 7-7. The scores remained level until the end when Poland suffered a lapse of concentration to gift Brazil the set.

The second started very tight with neither team gaining advantage. Poland gained a narrow one-point lead and extended that to three before Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende called a timeout. However the Brazilian opposites made a few errors and Poland took the set 25-18.

Sidao helped the visitors gain a quick lead in the third set before his side raced ahead with six unanswered points. Poland coach Andrea Anastasi started making replacements but it was not enough as Brazil romped back into the lead by taking the set.

Poland came back for the fourth set with the same line-up as in the beginning of the match. They went ahead from the beginning with a three-point lead at the first TTO. Brazil tied the score at 10-10 and then led up to 19-19 with two spectacular blocks from the hosts. The end of the set was on the highest level and after a great fight Brazil won the set 26-24 and the match 3-1.

On Thursday both teams will face each other again at 20:30 GMT.

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