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World League 2004 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Poland beat Japan 3-2 (25-21, 28-30, 34-32, 23-25, 15-7) - duration 2:23
06-Jun, start time: 14:03, end time: 16:26 - Attendance: 7'000
City: Matsumoto; Hall : Matsumoto City Gym.
Poland defeat Japan in thrilling match
After exchanging numerous powerful spiking and strong serving on the crucial moments, Poland pocketed their second away win in a thrilling match against Japan at 3-2 (25-21,28-30, 34-32, 23-25, 15-7 ).
Poland started off well with steady passing and effective blocking to lead at 11:7. Japan's nineteen years old outside spiker, Yu KOSHIKAWA delivered two consecutive strong jumping services to close the gap at 12:11. But the experienced Poland did not lose their good rhythm to make a decisive advantage with 18:13 to finish out at 25-21.
Japan did not create a momentum until their experienced setter, Daisuke USAMI, who was substituted for the lesser experienced 22 years old setter, Yuta ABE in the middle of the first set, showed his leadership and accurate setting up to lead the young players in the second set. Japan jumped off to lead at 12:8 and widened the gap to 19:11. After having encountered the Polish hard fight to stay in the game and almost having blown their big margin, Japan took the second set at 30-28.
Poland changed their setter from the middle of the second set from Pawel ZAGUMNY to Andrzej STELMACH. That substitution worked well to bring them back their rhythm. In the third set, Poland took advantage of Japan's inaccurate passing to lead at 22:19. But Japan did not concede easily to fight back with Takahiro YAMAMOTO's two consecutive spike points to tie at 24:24. Poland proved their mutuality in the heated exchange of powerful offense to win at 34-32.
In the fourth set Poland started off far below par particularly in their erroneous serving, allowed Japan 12:5 lead. They closed the gap to 23:22 but Japan grabbed the set point with KOSHIKAWA's spiking.
Poland proved why they are in higher rank and qualified the Olympic Games two weeks ago in the tie break. From 4:3 behind, they made seven consecutive points to lead at 10:4. Poland this time did not lose their concentration to snatch at 15-7.