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USA battles to beat Poland in Trujillo

Carly Wopart helped the United States beat Poland in the the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship in Trujillo
Trujillo, Peru, July 22, 2011 -The United States defeated Poland in a hard-fought match, 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 29-27, 25-14) in a Pool C matchup of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Junior World Championship in Peru 2011.

FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship - Peru July 22-31

The United States began the first set on fire, jumping out to a quick (10-3) lead. Lauren Plum set the ball well for the United States, and Haley Eckerman delivered several powerful kills. It was a balanced attack for the United States, with five players recording three or more points. Zuzanna Czyznielewska led Poland with five points.

In the second set, it was Poland’s turn to jump out to a quick start, beginning with an (8-2) advantage. Emilia Mucha led Peru with five points in the second set. The United States responded and tied the score at 11, but Poland held on for the win. Haleigh Hampton, who is 199 cm, had several key blocks for the United States, and Carly Wopat had four points.

Poland again jumped out to the lead in the third set (8-4), and again the United States managed to come back and tie the score at 10. Poland played tough defense, but Kelly Reeves still managed to score several kills for the United States. Trailing (23-21), the United States battled back to tie the score at 24. The two teams kept trading points, with Reeves getting the winning kill for the United States in the hard-fought set. Reeves and Haley Eckerman both had six points for the United States in the third set, while Zuzanna Czyznielewska and Koleta Lyszkiewicz both led Poland with five points.

Riding the momentum of the previous set, the United States earned seven of the first 10 points in fourth set. Koleta Lyszkiewicz had several blocks for Poland, but the United States managed to build their largest advantage of the match, 11 points. Haleigh Hampton had six points in the final set.

The Untied States earned 13 points off serves, compared to seven for Poland, but Poland had more points off blocks, 14-6. Natalie Hagglund had a match-high 19 digs for the Untied States.

The United States came into the match with three points after defeating Belgium in three sets on July 22. Poland earned one point in a loss to Korea.

Poland will next play Belgium at 9.30 on July 24. The United States will challenge Korea at 15.30 on July 24.


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