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Poland sweep Kazakhstan in three sets

Kazakhstan libero Marina Storozhenko receives as her side go down to Poland on Friday
Hong Kong, China August 19th 2011 - Poland made a good start to the weekend as they powered past Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-20) in Hong Kong as the 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix continued on Friday.

Klaudia Kaczorowska was the top scorer with 15 points for Poland while Olga Drobyshevskaya picked up 11 for Kazakhstan.

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix
August 5-28

Poland quickly controlled the pace in the first set, not allowing Kazakhstan to gain any advantage leading at 6-0. Despite the effort from Kazakhstan in halting the gap, Poland still managed to lead at the first TTO at 8-4 before more powerful spikes saw the European side maintain the lead at the second TTO. Kazakhstan was aiming to regain their form by substituting players and the margin was successfully reduced to 18-20. But Poland shook off the challenge and took the set 25-20.

Poland set the pace all the way through the second set despite Kazakhstan fighting hard to regain focus. Kazakhstan was forced to call an early time out when Poland scored two points in a row with ace serves. Poland quickly led in front at the first TTO 8-4 thanks to their excellent defense and attacks and the margin was widened further to 11-4 when Kazakhstan calling for a second time out. The break was in vain as Poland stretched the lead steadily to 16-6 and then took a 2-0 lead with little difficulty.

Poland displayed a good block and defensive system in the opening of the third set as  Kazakhstan struggled to fight back at the first TTO. However, they rebuilt their confidence after the first TTO and scored three points in a row and eventually successfully leveled the score at 9-9. The aggressive Kazakhstan forced Poland to call a time out just as the side went ahead for the first time in the match. Although the set became more intense, Poland kept their composure and managed to hold the upper hand at the second TTO before storming to the win.

Poland will face Dominican Republic while Kazakhstan will take on host China on Saturday.


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