MANILA, Philippines—Poland increased their winning streak to three in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) after defeating Brazil, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pass on Friday.
After a head-to-head in the first and second sets, the Pole pulled away in the third set to take the pivotal 2-1 lead.
“Believe [third set] it was won because of our focus on the game. We try to be more focused on receiving but also to serve stronger than before, make fewer mistakes and hold a lot of balls in defense”, said Wilfredo León Venero after finishing with 22 points.
“We had a pretty good set with serves and spikes. When we did a good job on those two elements, that was it.”
With Poland leading by just one point in the penultimate frame, 20-19, Leon Venero successfully converted a kill that sparked a 4-1 rally that put the Poles on set point, 24-20.
Poland’s Jakub Kochanowski left the door open for the Brazilians with a serve error, but a mistake of his own cost them the set after Lucas Saatkamp failed to convert a serve.
Poland made sure to start differently in the final draw with an early 9-4 lead.
Brazil got a little closer at 17-13, but an attacking error by Felipe Roque gave Poland the momentum until the final buzzer.
Bartosz Bednorz scored 11 points as Poland took an 8-2 record.
Brazil, for their part, now has a 7-4 card but not without the efforts of Alan and Ricardo Souza, who scored 17 and 14 scores, respectively.
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