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Poland sport unbeaten mark to assume leadership

 
Tokyo, Japan, May 31, 2016 – Poland assumed leadership after their win over Japan, then France and China’s respective victories moved them up to second and third places, while Canada recorded their first victory on Day 3 of the Men’s World Olympic Qualification Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.


Poland’s blocking strength came out and overwhelmed the Japanese hitters. Poland wiped out 11 attacks of Japan in their 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-23) victory that maintained their unbeaten run. Overall, Poland showed composure in crucial rallies in the third set, as Japan made an impressive run. Yuki Ishikawa’s top scoring haul of 17 points was in vain, as Poland scorers Marcin Mozdzonek and Bartosz Kurek produced better results in the end game. Mozdzonek scored 13 points, including nine attacks and four blocks, while Kurek scored nine attacks and three blocks.


Earlier, Canada earned their first victory in the tournament with a 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 20-25, 29-27, 15-11) win over Australia. Canada had a great start but suddenly lost their momentum in the next two sets as Thomas Edgar had prolific scoring stints from the attack line. Canada fought hard to stay in the game as Australia challenged them in every play, until John Gordon Perrin and Gavin Schmitt scored the last two points in the set that extended the match to a tie-breaker. The Canadian serve became more efficient and troublesome for the other side, which allowed the North American side build a comfortable cushion in the end. Perrin top scored for Canada with 25 points, while team-mates Nicholas Hoag and Schmitt had 23 points apiece. Thomas Edgar had 33 points on a losing effort.


China gained their second victory in three matches with their defeat of Venezuela 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-15). China played seamlessly in the match and executed their defence to contain Venezuelan top scorer Kervin Martin Pinerua to score only 14 points. Dai Qingyao funnelled 13 attacks through the Venezuelan block. Dai finished with 17 markers. China led on all fronts with 34 attacks, 10 blocks and seven aces, but the most impressive factor in their game was they were able to limit their errors to just 10. On the other hand, Venezuela struggled as they committed 24 errors that allowed the Chinese to operate gain more points on counter-attack.


Meanwhile, France bounced back from their 3-2 loss to Poland last Sunday, as they ruled Iran 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) to improve their win-loss record to 2-1. France had a balanced attack pattern that broke up the Iranian defence, while Iran had only two hitters that stepped up for them. Antonin Rouzier top scored for the winning side with 18 points and Kevin Tillie helped out with 13 points. Mahmoudi looked sharp on offence as he scored all his points from the attack line, then Milad Ebadipour added 14 markers, but received minimal support from the other Iranian players. Iran coach Raul Lozano opted to rest his main hitter Amir Ghafour as he strained his knee in their previous match. Ghafour, however, will see action in their next match against Japan.



Top Scorer by Day
33 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Canada on May 31
27 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Iran on May 29
22 - Antonin Rouzier of France v China on May 28

Top Scoring Performances
33 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Canada on May 31
27 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Iran on May 29
26 – Milad Ebadipour of Iran v Canada on May 29
22 – Earvin Ngapeth of France v Poland on May 29
22 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Venezuela on May 29
22 - Antonin Rouzier of France v China on May 28
21 - Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Venezuela on May 28
21 - Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Canada on May 28
 
Top Individual Serving Performances
7 – Nicholas Hoag of Canada v Australia on May 31
4 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia on May 31
4 – Seyed Mohammed Mousavi of Iran v Canada on May 29
4 - Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Venezuela on May 28
 
Top Team Serving Performances
12 – Canada v Australia on May 31
9 – Poland v Canada on May 28
 
Top Individual Blocking Performances
6 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Poland on May 29
5 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Venezuela on May 29
4 – Zhang Chen of China v Japan on May 29
4 – Chen Longhai of China v Japan on May 29
4 – Rafal Buszek of Poland v France on May 29
4 – Seyed Mohammad Mousavi of Iran v Canada on May 29
4 – Daniel Jansen Vandoorn of Canada v Iran on May 29 
4 – Amir Ghafour of Iran v Australia on May 28
 
Top Team Blocking Performances
14 – China v Japan on May 29
14 – China v France on May 28
 
Highest Scoring Sets
27-29 – Australia v Canada (4th set) on May 31
29-31 – France v Poland (3rd set) on May 29
26-28 – Japan v Venezuela (1st set) on May 28
 
Highest Scoring Matches
221 – Australia v Canada 2-3 (19-25, 26-24, 25-20, 27-29, 11-15) on May 31
221 – Canada v Iran 2-3 (29-27, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21, 16-14) on May 29
198 – Poland v China 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-9) on May 28

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