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Poland reach World League Finals with sensational win over Brazil


Poland will join hosts Bulgaria in Sofia for the Finals

Tampere, Finland, June 17, 2012 – Poland booked their place in the Finals of the 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League on Sunday with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 21-25,25-22) win over Brazil in Tampere, Finland.

The Poles will now join European rivals and Finals hosts Bulgaria in Sofia from July 4 to 8 and will be aiming to improve on the bronze medal they won last year. Brazil, meanwhile, will have a nervous wait to see if they are the best second-placed team which would earn them a place in Sofia.

Bartosz Kurek was the key figure for a strong Polish performance as he scored 21 points in an excellent match between two world-class teams.

After Brazil had lost the first two sets coach Bernard Rezende replaced opposite Wallace de Souza with Leandro Vissotto who was the best player for his team in the last two sets, scoring 19 points.

The start of the match was a nervous one from both teams. Errors were made on both sides of the net but Poland edged the lead at the first technical timeout 8-7 and Brazil at the second TTO 16-15. The set was still open at 22-22, when Michal Winiarski spiked a point to Poland ahead before captain Marcin Mozdzonek ended the through two blocks.

Poland came into the second strongly leading 8-6, 16-12 and 22-18. Brazil narrowed the gap to a point at 22-21 but Poland took the next two points to 24-21. Mozdzonek ended the set again spiking a fast attack to give his side a two-set cushion.

At the beginning of the third set Poland led 8-5 before Brazil went on a power run, taking six points through some big blocks. Poland continued to have trouble with their attacks and Brazil was soon leading with seven points at 19-12. Poland started to fight again and narrowed the gap but Vissotto ended the set 25-21 with a solid block.

The fourth set was an excellent display of volleyball from both teams. Poland took a two point lead at 16-14 and controlled the match from then on. Brazil could not come any closer and Poland won the set 25-22 with a strong attack by Zbigniew Bartman, who played the last two sets brilliantly.


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