|Resilient Poland collects third win against winless Algeria |
Tokyo, Japan, November 3, 2010 - Poland improved to three-and-two in first round play in their match on Wednesday, winning handily against winless Algeria (25-17, 25-16, 25-12) who now return home. The win represetned a good return of three wins on the trot for Poland after dropping their initial two matches to Japan and Serbia as they move into second round action which kicks off on Saturday.
Poland was led by their captain Aleksandra Jagielo and by Katarzyna Gajgal who each racked up 11 points. Standout players Anna Werblinska, Joanna Kaczor, and Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale were among those who rested. The trio of Zohra Bensalem, Faiza Tsabet, and Lydia Oulmou all had seven each for Algeria.
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Poland dominated from the start with solid play by Berenika Okuniewska who served up an early ace. She followed on the next point with a miraculous dig that set up a Jagielo spike to make it 8-2. They would stay comfortably in the lead as Jagielo drove home a spike to make it 16-8. A pair of attacks from Joanna Staniucha-Szczurek would give Poland set point, and they’d go on to take it 25-17 on a net serve by Tsabet.
The teams started the second set tentatively with Joanna Wolosz posting a pair to put the Poles up 8-7. Katarzyna Zaroslinska got in on the action with a spike that blew past blockers Boukhima and Oukazi Fatima Zahra. An outstanding block by Gajgal on Algerian standout Bensalem was one of eight unanswered points for Poland who extended to a 21-11 lead. Wolosz closed the set with an emphatic ace, taking it 25-16.
Poland cruised through the third take an early by 10 points early on thanks to the fiery spiking of Karolina Kosek. She soon followed with a blistering ace to make it 15-5 for her side. Great serving by Okuniewska down the stretch helped them to set point, where Wolosz put it away 25-12 with a tip at the net.
photos Janos Schmidt