Poland batters Cuba 3-1 in Volleyball World Championships
Poland slammed their way to victory last night, thrashing Cuba 3-1 in their opening match of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria.
The defending champions took control of the first set building a safe advantage before cleaning up 25-18.
The second set started off on shakier ground with both sides even until Poland retook control to take a 25-19 lead.
Cuba fought back in the third set, gaining a three-point advantage narrowly wining 25-21.
And things didn’t look to good for Vital Heynen’s boys at the beginning of the final set as Cuba stormed into a 4-8 lead.
But following a technical break, Poland returned in fighting mood scoring seven points in a row to take them 16-10 up.
As Cuba’s defence began to fall apart, Poland seized the advantage storming to 25-14 victory.
Following the match, coach Vital Heynen told reporters: "In the third set, the Cubans killed us with their service. They won a game of 6 or 7 points, four directly and three indirectly. They played according to the principle of everything or nothing.. After two very good sets, in the third we started from 0-3, then we scored four points in a row.”
Poland now face Puerto Rico in this evening’s match (Thursday).