France put an end to Iran's run as Poland book second round ticket at World Champs

5 September 2014

Katowice and Gdansk, Poland, September 4, 2014 – A third win in a row for hosts Poland in Pool A and unexpected defeat for dark horses Iran against France in Pool D highlighted the emotional day 6 of the 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship held at Centennial and Krakow Halls on Thursday.  


 Poland overcame Venezuela 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-14) to grab third win without dropping a set in Pool A, while Argentina went to the second victory over Cameroon 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-23). Serbia Kept the rhythm with second win against a high-spirited Australia 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-24, 25-17).


 Poland has become the first team in the 2014 Men's World Championship to secure a second round ticket with two matches ahead in the group stage.


 The stormy Pool D showed the end of Iran run in the competition after two golden victories against Italy and USA as they suffered the first loss against the super France 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 27-25). USA started the day taking on Puerto Rico in straight sets (25-15, 25-8, 25-20). Italy finalized the day with a 3-1 thrilling victory over spirited Belgium.


 Poland continued clean sheet in Pool A with a win- loss ratio of 3-0 (9 pts) and a perfect set ratio 9/0 followed Argentina 2-1 (6 pts and 7/3 set ratio), Serbia 2-1(6 pts and 6/5 set ratio), Australia 1-2 (3 pts and 4/6), Venezuela (3 pts and 3/7) and finally Cameroon 0-3.


 Pool D had a big fight as 4 teams were leveled at 2-1 ratio and only the set and point quotient set to put the standings as France lead with 7 pts, followed by USA (6) and both Italy and Iran (5) and the same set ratio (7/6), but Italy lead by a narrow point quotient. Belgium came fifth with 1-2 record and 4 points before Puerto Rico 0-3.


 The first round will be resumed by 6 matches on Day 7 in Pools B and C in Katowice and Gdansk. Korea v Cuba, Germany v Tunisia and Brazil v Finland are programmed in Pool B and China v Bulgaria, Canada v Egypt, Russia v Mexico in Pool C.  


Pool A in Wroclaw   


Argentina beat Cameroon 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-23)


 Argentina gained a second victory on FIVB Men’s World Championship as they beat Cameroon in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) in a Pool A match at Centennial Hall.


Argentina are now at 2-1 win-loss record with two more matches to play in the first round while Cameroon remained winless after three matches.


Key facts


• Argentina improved their all-time set record to 161-156

• Argentina are now 5-0 against African teams at world championships

• It was the first match ever between the two teams at a major tournament


Serbia beat Australia 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-24, 25-17)


 Serbia defeated a high-spirited Australia 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-24, 25-17) in a Pool A at Centennial Hall of Wroclaw. Nikola Kovacevic’s 20 points led the Serbian attack followed by 17 from Aleksandar Atanasijevic. Marko Podrascanin (five blocks) and Milos Nikic contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the victory.


Aidan Zingel was the best Australian with 13 points, followed by Paul Carroll and Adam White who chipped in with 12 and 11 tallies, respectively.


Key facts


• Serbia next play Venezuela and Cameroon to complete the first round

• Serbia have defeated Australia in their two meetings at the world championship

• Australia meet Argentina and Venezuela during the weekend


Poland beat Venezuela 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-14)


 Poland outclassed Venezuela in straight sets (25-20, 25-13, 25-14) en route to their third victory in a row in Pool A in front of a big crowd at Centennial Hall of Wroclaw.


Mariusz Wlazly led the winners with 11 points followed by Michal Kubiak and Piotr Nowakowski with 9 and 8, respectively. Mateusz Mika and Rafal Buzzek each contributed seven points. Venezuela’s Kervin Piñerua had 11 points in the loss.


Poland held a big 10-5 advantage in blocking and blanked the opponents 7-0 in points from the service line.


Poland’s record remained spotless and they next play Cameroon and Argentina during the weekend to complete the first round schedule.


Key facts


• Poland have won their three matches in straight sets

• Poland are undefeated in their four meetings with Venezuela at the WCH

• At the last four world championships Poland have won at least the first three matches


Pool D in Krakow 


USA Beat Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-20)


 With a superb performance in every department of the game, USA gathered their second Pool D victory after a smashing 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-20) over a winless side of Puerto Rico in Krakow.


Only two players reached double numbers in the game - Matthew Anderson was the second best scorer with 10 points while Taylor Sander, USA’s main weapon so far, added 11 kills. Paul Lotman and Maxwell Holt followed them with 9 apiece, while no player in Puerto Rico could score more than 5 points. 


Key points


• Despite being two NORCECA teams who know each other well, this was the first USA v Puerto Rico clash at FIVB World Championships.

• USA now lead 6-1 in the head-to-head record between them.

• Puerto Rico is still not able to earn a single set in Poland.

• USA avoided back-to-back defeats with the win, a situation they’d last faced in 2006.

•The 25-8 score for USA in the second set is the widest difference of the tournament so far, beating Brazil’s 25-10 over Tunisia achieved on Wednesday.


France beat Iran 3-1


 In another thrilling contest at Krakow Arena, France handled Iran their first defeat in Pool D, by 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 27-25).


 Les Bleus had three equally vital scorers to prevent an Iranian third win - Antonin Rouzier and Earvin Ngapeth hammered 19 points, while Kevin Tillie joined them with 18 of his own. Iran’s Shahram Mahmoudi jumped from the bench to provide also 18 tallies for the losing side.


Key points


• It took 44 years for France to add their second win over Iran in FIVB World Champs, after a 3-0 in 1970.

• That was the only match ever played between them at the quadrennial competition before this one.

• Iran was unable to extend their 2-0 record in Poland, but it’s still their best historical start at the competition.

• France has won their last 6 World Championship games against Asian teams.


Italy beat Belgium 3-1 (26-28, 25-15, 25-16, 28-26)


 Italy was able to achieve a second win at FIVB Men’s World Championship after an intense struggle over Belgium, in which the Azzurri finally prevailed by 3-1 (26-28, 25-15, 25-16, 28-26).


Jiri Kovar was a key player to recover Italy after the first set and he emerged as the game’s top scorer with 20 points, followed by Ivan Zaytsev and Filippo Lanza, both leveled with 17 tallies each. The Red Dragons had in Sam Deroo their main contributor, with 16 points.


Key points


· Italy now controls the overall international record against Belgium by 14-4.

· Of those 18 games, seven were played at FIVB World Championship, with the Azzurri ahead by 5-2.

· Italy also avenged the loss suffered at 2013 European Championship Finals in Denmark, when Belgium prevailed in five sets.

· After snapping a 0-3 losing streak in World Championship matches, the Italian now have won two games in a row.





2014 FIVB Men's World Championship best performances


Top scorer by day

24- Taylor Sander of United States v Belgium on 31-8-14

31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14

27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14

30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14

20- Nikola Kovacevic of Serbia v Australia on 4-9-14


Top scoring performances

31- Zhi Yuan of China v Egypt on 1-9-14

30- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14

27- Antonin Rouzier of France v Italy on 2-9-14

26- Kervin Piñerúa of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

26- Matt Anderson of United States v Iran on 2-9-14

25- Taylor Sander of United States v Iran on 2-9-14

25- Jean Patrice Ndaki of Cameroon v Venezuela on 2-9-14

25- Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v France on 2-9-14


Top blocking performances

8- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v Italy on 31-8-14

7- Seyed Mousavi of Iran v France on 4-9-14

6- Maxwell Holt of United States v Iran on 2-9-14

5- Several players


Top serving performances

6- Zhi Yuan of China v Mexico on 3-9-14

5- Dimitriy Muserskiy of Russia v Canada on 1-9-14

4- Jose Carrasco of Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

4- Gyorgy Grozer of Germany v Cuba on 3-9-14

4- Todor Skrimov of Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-14

4- Mikko Esko of Finland v Korea on 3-9-14


Top team blocking performances

16- Korea v Tunisia on 1-9-14

16- Italy v Belgium on 4-9-14

15- Iran v Italy on 31-8-14

15- Finland v Cuba on 1-9-14

15- United States v Iran on 2-9-14

13- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14

13- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

13- Canada v Bulgaria on 3-9-14


Top team serving performances

11- Venezuela v Cameroon on 2-9-14

9- Bulgaria v Canada on 3-9-14

7- Cuba v Finland on 1-9-14

6- Belgium v United States on 31-8-14

6- France v Puerto Rico on 31-8-14

6- Finland v Cuba on 1-9-14

6- Serbia v Australia on 4-9-14


Highest scoring sets

33-31 China v Egypt (4th Set) on 1-9-14

33-31 Cameroon v Venezuela (3rd Set) on 2-9-14

29-27 France v Iran (4th Set) on 4-9-14

28-26 Belgium v Italy (1st Set) on 4-9-14

28-26 Italy v Belgium (4th Set) on 4-9-14

27-25 Finland d Cuba (3rd Set) on 1-9-14


Highest scoring matches

216- Finland d Cuba 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-12) on 1-9-14

211- Iran d United States 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15) on 2-9-14

203- Italy d France 3-2 (20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15-12) on 2-9-14

202- Canada d Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 15-8) on 3-9-14




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