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Poland defeat Venezuela en route to third victory

Polish fans crowded the Centennial Hall for the last match of Thursday against Venezuela in Pool A
Wroclaw and Krakow, Poland, September 4, 2014 – Poland stormed past Venezuela to claim their third consecutive victory without losses in Pool A, while four teams achieved their second victories in the tight Pool D at the FIVB Men’s World Championship on Thursday.

Playing in front of a full house at Centennial Hall in Wroclae, the Polish team continued their heavy march in the early part of the tournament by demolishing Venezuela in straight sets to maintain a perfect record atop of Pool A with three 3-0 wins good for nine points.

Meanwhile in Pool D, France, United States, Italy and Iran all have 2-1 win-loss records with the French side leading the standings with 7 points to 6 by United States and five each for Italy and Iran.

In Thursday’s action, Poland beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-14), Argentina blanked Cameroon 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) and Serbia defeated Australia 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17) in Pool A.

In Pool D, United States crushed Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-20), France prevailed 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 27-25) over Iran and Italy overcame Belgium 3-1 (3-1 (26-28, 25-15, 25-16, 28-26).

Pool A in Wroclaw

Argentina 3, Cameroon 0

Argentina gained a second victory in Pool A as they beat Cameroon in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-23). Argentina are now at 2-1 win-loss record with two more matches to play in the first round while Cameroon remained winless after three matches.

Key facts

• Argentina improved their all-time set record to 161-156
• Argentina are now 5-0 against African teams at world championships
• It was the first match ever between the two teams at a major tournament

Jose Luis Gonzalez and Facundo Conte led Argentina’s forces with 15 and 13 points, respectively, while David Feughouo was tops for Cameroon with 14 tallies. Argentina blanked Cameroon 6-0 in the aces charts and held a slight 5-4 advantage in the blocking category.

Serbia 3, Australia 1

Serbia defeated a high-spirited Australia 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17) to improve their record to 2-1 while the defeated side fell to 1-2. It was the second consecutive victory for the Serbians after losing to Poland on opening day.

Key facts

• Serbia next play Venezuela and Cameroon to complete the first round
• Serbia have defeated Australia in their two meetings at the world championship
• Australia meet Argentina and Venezuela during the weekend

Nikola Kovacevic’s 20 points led the Serbian attack followed by 17 from Aleksandar Atanasijevic. Marko Podrascanin (five blocks) and Milos Nikic contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the victory. Aidan Zingel was the best Australian with 13 points, followed by Paul Carroll and Adam White who chipped in with 12 and 11 tallies, respectively.

Poland 3, Venezuela 0

Poland outclassed Venezuela in straight sets (25-20, 25-13, 25-14) en route to their third victory in a row in Pool A in front of a big crowd at Centennial Hall. Mariusz Wlazly led the winners with 11 points followed by Michal Kubiak and Piotr Nowakowski with 9 and 8, respectively. Venezuela’s Kervin Piñerua had 11 points in the loss.

Poland held a big 10-5 advantage in blocking and blanked the opponents 7-0 in points from the service line.

Key facts

• Poland have won their three matches in straight sets
• Poland are undefeated in their four meetings with Venezuela at the WCH
• At the last four world championships Poland have won at least the first three matches

Poland’s record remained spotless and they next play Cameroon and Argentina during the weekend to complete the first round schedule.

Pool D in Krakow

United States 3, Puerto Rico 0

With a superb performance in every department of the game, USA gathered their second Pool D victory after a smashing 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-20) over a winless side of Puerto Rico. Only two players reached double numbers in the game - Matthew Anderson was the best scorer with 11 points and Taylor Sander, USA’s main weapon so far, added 10 kills. 

• United States have won 12 matches against fellow NORCECA teams
• This was the first meeting between these teams at the World Championship
• No player of Puerto Rico reached double figures in the match

The Americans, who have had to play two matches of five sets entering this contest, cruised to a much needed 3-0 win, thus elevating their total to 6 points for the tournament. Puerto Rico are now at 0-3 with zero points and have not been able to win a single set thus far in Poland.

France 3, Iran 1

France handled Iran their first defeat in Pool D claiming a 3-1 victory (25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 27-25) in another thrilling contest at Krakow Arena on Thursday. Both teams now have 2-1 win-loss records.

Key points

• It took 44 years for France to get their second win over Iran after a 3-0 in 1970.
• That was the only match ever played between them before this one.
• France has won their last 6 World Championship games against Asian teams.

Les Bleus had three equally vital scorers to prevent an Iranian third win as Antonin Rouzier and Earvin Ngapeth each hammered 19 points, while Kevin Tillie joined them with 18 of his own. Iran’s Shahram Mahmoudi jumped from the bench to provide also 18 tallies for the losing side.

Italy 3, Belgium 1

Italy achieved their second win in Pool D after an intense battle against Belgium, in which the Azzurri finally prevailed by 3-1 (26-28, 25-15, 25-16, 28-26).

Key points

• Italy now control the overall international record against Belgium by 14-4.
• Italy also avenged the loss suffered at 2013 European Championship Finals in Denmark, when Belgium prevailed in five sets.
• After snapping a 0-3 losing streak in World Championship matches, the Italian now have won two games in a row.

Jiri Kovar was a key player to recover Italy after the first set and he emerged as the game’s top scorer with 20 points, followed by Ivan Zaytsev and Filippo Lanza, both leveled with 17 tallies each. The Red Dragons had in Sam Deroo their main contributor, with 16 points.

Best performances

Top scorer by day
24- Taylor Sander of United States v Belgium on 31-8-14
31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14
27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14
30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14
20- Nikola Kovacevic of Serbia v Australia on 4-9-14
20- Jiri Kovar of Italy v Belgium on 4-9-14

Top scoring performances
31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14
30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14
27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14
26- Kervin Piñerúa of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
26- Matt Anderson of United States v Iran on 2-9-14
25- Taylor Sander of United States v Iran on 2-9-14
25- Jean Patrice Ndaki of Cameroon v Venezuela on 2-9-14
25- Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v France on 2-9-14

Top blocking performances
8- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v Italy on 31-8-14
7- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v France on 4-9-14
6- Maxwell Holt of United States v Iran on 2-9-14
5- Several players

Top serving performances
6- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14
5- Dimitriy Muserskiy of Russia v Canada on 1-9-14
4- Jose Carrasco of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
4- Gyorgy Grozer of Germany v Cuba on 3-9-14
4- Todor Skrimov of Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-14
4- Mikko Esko of Finland v Korea on 3-9-14

Top team blocking performances
16- Korea v Tunisia on 1-9-14
16- Italy v Belgium on 4-9-14
15- Iran v Italy on 31-8-14
15- Finland v Cuba on 1-9-14
15- United States v Iran on 2-9-14
13- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14
13- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
13- Canada v Bulgaria on 3-9-14

Top team serving performances
11- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
9- Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-14
7- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14
6- Belgium v United States on 31-8-14
6- France v Puerto Rico on 31-8-14
6- Finland v Cuba on 1-9-14
6- Serbia v Australia on 4-9-14

Highest scoring sets
33-31 China v Egypt (4th Set) on 1-9-14
33-31 Cameroon v Venezuela (3rd Set) on 2-9-14
29-27 France v Iran (4th Set) on 4-9-14
28-26 Belgium v Italy (1st Set) on 4-9-14
28-26 Italy v Belgium (4th Set) on 4-9-14
27-25 Finland d Cuba (3rd Set) on 1-9-14
27-25 France v Iran (4th Set) on 4-9-14

Highest scoring matches
216- Finland d Cuba 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-12) on 1-9-14
211- Iran d United States 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15) on 2-9-14
203- Italy d France 3-2 (20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-12) on 2-9-14
202- Canada d Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8) on 3-9-14


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