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USA end Poland's winning streak

 
United States blocked the perfect path of Poland with a 3-1 win over the home team on Wednesday
 
Wroclaw, Poland, September 10, 2014 – World League champions United States handed hosts Poland their first loss at the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship by recording a hard fought victory in four sets (29-27, 25-22, 25-27, 25-23) at Atlas Arena in Lodz as the second round of the competition got underway on Wednesday in four different cities of Poland.

The Americans, who finished in third place of Pool D in the first round with a total of 4 points, gained three valuable points to start the second phase of the competition in Pool E off on the right foot. Poland remained with 9 points.

In the closest battle on Wednesday, Canada edged Cuba in a match of five sets between rivals of NORCECA Confederation in Pool F at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw. The score line was 25-27, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 15-13.

In the other matches, in Pool E, Serbia blanked Italy (25-19, 29-27, 25-22), France defeated Argentina 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 29-27, 25-18), and Iran won also 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17) over Australia. The other three matches of Pool F concluded with 3-0 scores with Russia crushing Finland (25-10, 25-18, 25-16) and Brazil and Germany defeating Bulgaria  (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) and China(25-19, 25-22, 25-17), respectively.

The positions after one day in the second round are the following:

Pool E: France (3-1, 10 points), Poland 3-1, 9), Serbia (3-1, 9), Iran (3-1, 8), United States (2-2, 7), Argentina (1-3, 3), Italy (1-3, 2) and Australia (0-4, 0).

Pool F: Brazil (4-0, 12 points), Russia (4-0, 11), Germany (3-1, 9), Canada (3-1, 7), Bulgaria (1-3, 5), Finland (1-3, 2), Cuba (0-4, 2), China (0-4, 0).

Pool E in Lodz

Serbia 3, Italy 0

Serbia began their second round campaign in excellent shape with a convincing triumph over Italy 3-0 (25-19, 29-27, 25-22) to improve to 9 points. 

Key points

• Serbia have won five of their last six matches with Italy at the World Championship
• Serbia extended to five their winning streak at this world championship
• Italy beat Serbia for the gold medal match in the 1998 edition

Aleksandar Atanasijevic topped Serbia with 18 points, joined by Nikola Kovacevic who added 12. Italy, unable to count with their bomber Ivan Zaytsev, were led by Luca Vettori’s 13 kills, while Simone Buti contributed with 5 stuff blocks and a total of 10 points.

United States 3, Poland 1

A consistent USA team handed Poland their first defeat of the competition by claiming an extremely close 3-1 victory (29-27, 25-22, 25-27, 25-23) in front of a big crowd at Atlas Arena. The Americans increased their point-total to 7 while Poland’s remained at 9.

Key points

• Poland lost their perfect record having earned every possible point so far.
• Both teams have one World Champs gold medal.
• It is only the second victory of USA over Poland in the world championships

Taylor Sander and Matthew Anderson teamed up to form again a tremendous duo as they drilled 23 and 21 points respectively, while Maxwell Holt supported them with 15 of his own. On Poland’s side, Mariusz Wlazly was the most active scorer with 17 shots, backed up by Michal Winiarski who contributed with 14. 

Pool E in Bydgoszcz

France 3, Argentina 1

France asserted its dominance over Argentina 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 29-27, 25-18) in the opening clash of Pool E. The winners increased to 10 points after keeping seven from the first round.

France’s Earvin Ngapeth topped five French scorers in double digits with 21 points closely followed by Antonin Rouzier with 18. Nicolas Le Goff, Nicolas Marechal and Kevin Le Roux finished with 14, 13 and 11, respectively.

Key points

• It was the fourth consecutive victory for the French side
• It was the first French victory over Argentina since 2002 also by 3-1 score
• Rouzier now has 115 points in the world championship

Argentina’s Sebastian Sole was the top scorer for the defeated side with 12 points while Facundo Conte was held to 10 tallies. 

Iran 3, Australia 1

Iran prevailed over Asian Confederation counterparts Australia in a four-setter (25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-17) to avail of their first win in the second round. 

Key Points

• Iran have outplayed their Asian Confederation rivals in their first World Championship encounter. 

• Iran had better blocking and serving than Australia – 11-8 on blocks and 6-3 on services aces. 

Amir Ghafour top scored for Iran with 22 points, including four blocks and one ace, while Farhad Ghaemi added 15 in the win. Australia’s Thomas Edgar scored an equal output as Ghafour. 

Pool F in Wroclaw

Russia 3, Finland 0

Olympic champions Russia outclassed Finland in straight sets (25-10, 25-18, 25-16) in Pool F. The Russians improved to 11 points with a 4-0 win-loss record, including the stats accumulated in the first round against qualified teams. Finland fell to 1-3 with two points.

Key points

• Muserskiy increased to 18 aces for the competition
• Russia are on a nine-match winning streak at the world championship
• It was the first meeting between the two teams at the world championships

Russia outscored Finland in blocks (11-2) and aces (6-0) as they dominated their opponents, who only sporadically showed glimpses of their playing ability, from start to finish. Dmitry Ilinykh led Russia with 16 points, twelve via spikes, while towering Dmitriy Muserskiy contributed 13 points, including four blocks and two aces. Nikolay Apalikov and Nikolay Pavlov chipped in with 12 and 10, respectively. 

Canada 3, Cuba 2

Canada prevailed over Cuba in nail-biting five-setter (25-27, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 15-13). The Canadians raised their point-total to seven while Cuba’s slightly increased to two for the second round.
Key points

• Cuba gave away 38 points via errors to 25 by Canada
• Cuba had won their only previous meeting at world championship in 1998
• First five-match winning streak of Canada in world championship

Dallas Soonias and Nicholas Hoag topped the winners’ scoring with 17 and 16 points, respectively, while John Gordon Perrin and Fred Winters contributed 13 and 10 points.  Cuba’s Rolando Cepeda tallied 17 followed by Javier Jimenez with 14. Osmany Uriarte (13) and Isbel Mesa (10) also reached double digits.

Pool F in Katowice

Brazil 3, Bulgaria 0

Both left and right wing-spikers Ricardo Lucarelli and Wallace De Souza led Brazil to their first victory in the second round 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21) over Bulgaria. The two Brazilian big guns scored 13 and 14 points, respectively, helping their team to score a fast win. 

Key points

• Brazil improved their run to six straight wins and 10 overall in the WCH
• All Brazilian victories over Bulgaria have been by either 3-0 or 3-1
• It was the eighth victory for Brazil in 13 matches with Bulgaria in the world championships

 Brazil gained three more points to be added to the 9 points they carried over from the first round to improve to 4-0 with 12 points in Pool F, while Bulgaria dropped to 1-3 with 5 points. Playing well in spike and keeping right passing, Brazil were able to overcome the opponent in straight sets even when Bulgaria battled in the second and third sets. 

Germany 3, China 0

Germany started off the second round on the right foot by claiming a straight-set win against China (25-19, 25-22, 25-17).  The victory improved Germany's win- loss ratio in Pool F to 3-1 and raised their points to 9 to stay in the third position following Brazil (12) and Russia (11), while China dropped to 0-4 (0 points).

Key points

• Germany are on a five-match winning streak after a loss to Brazil
• Germany dominated in blocking (8-3) and aces (8-2)
• China have lost ten consecutive matches against European teams

György Grozer with 17 points led Germany's scorers followed by Sebastian Scwarz with 10. Weijun Zhong was China's top scorer with 10 points while Zhi Yuan finished with nine in the loss.

Germany controlled the game throughout the whole match by their advantage in spiking and building efficient blocks, while making many mistakes China, weren’t able to break the opponent’s power.

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
20- Daniel Vargas of Mexico v Russia on 5-9-14
27- Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Italy on 6-9-14
25- Thomas Edgar of Australia v Venezuela on 7-9-14
23- Taylor Sander of United States v Poland on 10-9-14

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
27- Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Italy on 6-9-14
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
25- Todor Aleksiev of Bulgaria v Egypt on 6-9-14
25- Thomas Edgar of Australia v Venezuela on 7-9-14

Top blocking performances
8- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v Italy on 31-8-14
8- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v Puerto Rico on 7-9-14
7- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v France on 4-9-14
7- Felix Chapman of Cuba v Korea on 5-9-14
6- Maxwell Holt of United States v Iran on 2-9-14
6- Felix Chapman of Cuba v Tunisia on 6-9-14
6- Daniel Vargas of Mexico v Egypt on 7-9-14
6- Samuel Córdova of Mexico v Egypt on 7-9-14

Top serving performances
6- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14
6- Ricardo Lucarelli Santos of Brazil v Finland on 5-9-14
6- Kervin Piñerua of Venezuela v Australia on 7-9-14
6- Dimitriy Muserskiy of Russia v Bulgaria on 7-9-14
5- Dimitriy Muserskiy of Russia v Canada on 1-9-14

Top team blocking performances
18- Bulgaria v Egypt on 6-9-14
16- Korea v Tunisia on 1-9-14
16- Italy v Belgium on 4-9-14
16- Iran v Belgium on 6-9-14
16- Iran v Puerto Rico on 7-9-14

Top team serving performances
17- Russia v Bulgaria on 7-9-14
11- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14
9- Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-14
9- Brazil v Finland on 5-9-14
9- Bulgaria v Russia on 7-9-14
8- Canada v Egypt on 5-9-14
8- France v Belgium on 7-9-14

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
29-27 Serbia v Cameroon (3rd Set) on 7-9-14
29-27 France v Argentina (3rd Set) on 10-9-14
29-27 Serbia v Italy (2nd Set) on 10-9-14
29-27 United States v Poland (1st Set) on 10-9-14

Highest scoring matches
216- Finland d Cuba 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-12) on 1-9-14
216- Bulgaria d Egypt 3-2 (25-22, 26-24, 23-25, 20-25, 15-11) on 6-9-14
214- Australia d Venezuela 3-2 (25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-9) on 7-9-14
212- Russia d Bulgaria 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-11) on 7-9-14
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
207- Cuba d Tunisia 3-2 (16-25, 25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13) on 6-9-14
204- France d Belgium 3-2 (25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-12) on 7-9-14
203- Mexico d Egypt 3-2 (16-25, 25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10) on 7-9-14
202- Canada d Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8) on 3-9-14
200- Brazil d Korea 3-2 (21-25, 25-13, 25-21, 17-25, 15-13) on 6-9-14






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