Poland volleyball squad tops Japan

Fivb.Org, Kyodo

The Poland volleyball team defeated Japan in four sets (23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-18) on the second day of second-round action in the 2011 FIVB Men’s World Cup at Osaka Municipal Central Gym on Friday.

Poland raised its record to 4-1 with the win, while Japan fell to 0-5.

Bartosz Kurek and Jakob Jarosz were the catalysts in the victory for Poland. Marcin Mozdzonek was named the most impressive player of the match.

“The most important thing is to get the three points and the victory,” Poland coach Andre Anastasi said after the match. “Japan played good in the first set. After that, we controlled the match. Our blocks and serves were good. We used our jump serve well.

“Japan has a problem with blocking. They are good in all other areas, but blocking is the problem.”

In Kumamoto, defending champion Brazil improved to 4-1 with a full-sets victory over China.

Russia, Italy and Iran also picked up their fourth wins of the 12-team, round-robin tournament.