Polish players celebrate their thrilling win over Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 11, 2016 – Poland maintained its undefeated record in three outings in Pool B by defeating Argentina 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 37-35) in a men’s volleyball match at Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Thursday afternoon.
And in case anyone was wondering, 37-35 is not an Olympic record for highest scoring set. Italy beat Argentina 40-38 in their first set at Sydney 2000 (and went on to take the match 3-0).
Poland outscored Argentina in blocks 10-2 and aces 5-1. Both teams had the same number of 49 spikes and made the same total of errors with 23 each.
Karol Klos topped the well distributed scoring chart of Poland with 14 points, followed by Bartosz Kurek with 12 and Michal Kubiak and Mateusz Bieniek each with 10 points.
Facundo Conte and Jose Luis González each had 13 points as the top scorers for Argentina.
The big serves and tight blocking helped Poland to take the first set 25-21. The Polish team recorded two aces and three kills blocked in the opening instance.
The second and third aces by Bieniek gave Poland a 9-4 lead in the second. Again Poland relied on three aces and five blocks to take the set 25-19.
Bruno’s ace snapped a tie at 11-all to give Argentina the lead, but Poland tied at 22-all with spike by Kloss and attacking error by Conte. Poland won 37-35 with spikes by Buszek and Kurek.