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men s Olympic Games 2004 - Match Descriptive

Match descriptive

Poland beat Serbia and Montenegro 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-16) - duration 1:22
15-Aug, start time: 9:00, end time: 10:22 - Attendance: 2'000
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Defending champs suffer shock defeat at the hands of Poland
Another reigning Olympic champion suffered defeat as Poland outplayed 2000 champions Serbia & Montenegro, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-16) in the opening match of the Men's Volleyball Olympic tournament at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Serbian dreams of an easy path to their second successive Olympic gold medal were given a reality check by the tight, well-organised and talented Polish team.

Poland may rank just 10th in the world, but judging on today's performance they are more than ready to offer surprises to the more fancied teams.

The Polish team, inspired by their passionate supporters, started with enthusiasm and took an early first set lead.

However, two fabulous aces by Ivan MILJKOVIC tied the score at 4-4 and proved to become the starting point of a temporary Serbian comeback.

Poland then answered back with Sebastian SWIDERSKI (10 points in the first set) leading the way and were the first team to reach 20 points.

The Serbians could not resist any more and as a result Poland won the first set, 25-21.

With their morale sky-high, Poland outplayed Serbia and Montenegro 11-2 at the beginning of the second set and there was no way back for them as Poland took the set 25-17.

The third set may have been a tighter one - at least in the beginning - but by this stage Poland were on a role and could not be stopped.

Serbia and Montenegro seemed unable to wake from their lethargy and Poland did not lose the opportunity to sweep their opponents in straight sets.

In the end, the Serbia and Montenegro players looked dumbfounded by what had happened, while Poland celebrated.

SWIDERSKI was on fire with 20 points, while Piotr GRUSZKA (15 points) and Dawid MUREK (12 with 5 aces) also contributed a lot on offensive for the winners.

The great serving efforts of MILJKOVIC (4 aces, 17 points in total) turned out to be too few to guide Serbia/ Montenegro even to a single set win.

ONS sk/sad