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men s Olympic Games 2004 - Match Descriptive

Match descriptive

Poland beat Tunisia 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23) - duration 1:47
21-Aug, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:47 - Attendance: 4'600
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Poland keep quarterfinals chances alive
With one victory in the bag Poland needed victory today to ensure they remain in the calculations for the quarterfinals when the last day of the Preliminary Round is completed on Monday. With France, who have one victory also, playing Greece today and Tunisia on Monday victory was paramount if Poland were to entertain thoughts of continuing in the competition.

The first set went point-by-point until the Polish block came into effect. Kill-blocks by Andrzej STELMACH (2) and Lukasz KADZIEWICZ, a service ace by Michal BAKIEWICZ and successful spikes by Dawid MUREK finished the set after Poland were leading 18-17. It was an incredible finish to the first set since Tunisa had kept pace for most of it.

However, in the second set Tunisia didn't let the chance slip again. The African representatives managed to turn things around thanks to the efforts of Marouane FEHRI and Hosni KARAMOSLY and the end of the second set found Tunisia celebrating a 25-23 win.

In the third set Poland refound top gear and after taking an early lead they never let Tunisia back into the game. Tunisia were unable to finish their attacks successfully, partly because of some great Polish blocking, and it wasn't long before Poland were 2-1 up.

Poland's dominance continued in the fourth set but once again Tunisia weren't prepared to let go easily. Poland had to be at their best to seal the set and the victory as Tunisia, playing one of their best games of the tournament, were ready to pounce on any Polish mistake. Eventually Poland were able to celebrate and can now look forward to playing Argentina on the final day.

The absence due to injury of Tunisia's star player Nourredine HFAIDEH was obvious during the game. His non-appearance may well have contributed to Poland outblocking Tunisia nine blocks to five.

BAKIEWICZ and Piotr GRUSZKA were the top scorers for the winners with 18 and 14 points respectively. Tunisia was offensively led by FEHRI who had 19 points.

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