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World Olympic Qualification Tournament - Press Info

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Poland beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-22) - duration 1:28
21-May, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:28 - Attendance: 300
Poland Power Past Venezuela
Poland enjoyed a winning start in their campaign to qualify for the Athens Olympics when they downed Pan American champions Venezuela in straight sets in the opening match of the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Porto.
The Europeans proved too powerful for their South American opponents, securing a crucial 3-0 victory through a combination of superior teamwork and power.
The opening set was a close-fought affair, but with Poland holding a slight edge. Both sides swapped points until blocks from Piotr Gruszka and Dawid Murek, followed by a Murek ace, saw Poland move three ahead at 9-6.
Venezuela fought back to 13-13, but consecutive errors and a drop shot from Murek, again allowed their opponents to forge three clear at 19-16.
The South Americans again rallied, a spike and block from Thomas Ereu saw them close to 22-21, before a pair of Murek spikes and a Robert Szczerbaniuk block gave Poland to take the first set.
Poland carried their momentum into the second set, with Murek again the outstanding player. At 13-9 they appeared to be in control.
Venezuela captain, Ernardo Gomez, and Ereu battled bravely and a number of superb spikes from Gomez gave them set point at 24-25. But Poland kept their nerve to take a two-set lead.
Poland were again the stronger at the start of the third, but squandered a 10-7 lead as Venezuela fought back to 16-16. But Radoslaw Rybak and Szczerbaniuk, along with the impressive Murek, kept the Poles ahead as they closed out the game.