Poland repeats as Men’s World Champion
TURIN, Italy, September 30, 2018 - Poland shut out Brazil 3-0
(28-26, 25-20, 25-23) in a thrilling final of the 2018 FIVB
Men's World Championship before yet another sellout crowd at
Turin's Pala Alpitour to collect the third world title in their
history, after 1974 and 2014.
It was practically a repeat of
the previous final, when the Poles had beaten Brazil at home in
Led by an unstoppable Bartosz
Kurek, Poland took the tight first set and then cruised through
to the final victory in just 97 minutes.
Surprisingly, there was no game:
Poland proved once again able to strap the opponents of their
Impressive receiving by Artur
Szalpuk and libero Pawel Zatorski neutralized both Wallace De
Souza and Lucas Saatkamp, only conceding 2 aces and keeping an
overall 69% reception.
The blocking line put veteran
Luiz Felipe 'Lipe' Fontelez out of the match and forced coach
Renan Dal Zotto to multple setter changes - which did not pay
off, for once - and a tremendous Bartosz Kurek (24 points, 69%
attack, 2 aces, 2 blocks) did the rest.
Brazil's most consistant
contribution in the first part of the match was offered by
Wallace De Souza (14 points, 61% attacking percentage), but the
explosive opposite spiker lost his offensive pace along the
match, being replaced by Evandro Guerra.
The Selecao once again tried
their specialty, the dramatic comeback, thanks to two big serve
rounds by Evandro and Bruno Rezende, but eventually Kurek killed
the match with a big attack - the right ending for a spectacular
Final Six by the Polish giant.
Poland are the World Champions
for the third time in their History, while Brazil will have to
try a new assault to their fourth title starting from 2022.