Czestochowa, Poland, June 5, 2015 - World Champions Poland proved their two wins againts Russia last week were no fluke with a convincing 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 27-25) win over Iran on Friday.
Great blocking and spiking from Kubiak allowed Poland to take an 8-4 lead at the first technical time-out. This good start from Team Poland proved crucial as they controlled the game for the rest of the first set and won it 25-20. The second set was almost identical to the first, with Poland building a slender lead early on. They were able to hold on to their lead, thanks in a large part to the great attack from Kurek, Kubiak and Mika.
It was a completely different story in the third set, as the visitors built a quick lead and never looked back. Mahmoudi's effective game in attack coupled with an errant performance from Kurek gave Iran a healthy advantage, which they held on to claim the set.
The home crowd was happy to see a resurrected Polish team in the following set. Young star Bieniek helped his side earn a few-point lead, which Iran fought hard to recover from. They were finally able to catch up with Poland at 22-all treating the spectators to an exciting finish. Youngster Bieniek and veteran Kurek traded kills with Iran's attack before a block on Mahmoudi finished the set at 27-25. Bartosz Kurek, who returned to the national team after missing last year's World Championships, led his team tonight and deservedly won the MVP award.
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