Poland, Italy to battle in men’s volleyball World Championship final

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Xinhua News

11th September 2022 – (Warsaw) Poland and Italy reached final at the men’s volleyball 2022 FIVB World Championship in Katowice, Poland on Saturday.

The hosts and defending champions, Poland, beat Brazil 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12 to note their sixth consecutive victory in the tournament.

Poland’s captain Bartosz Kurek scored 24 points, and outside hitter Kamil Semeniuk added 23. Ricardo Lucarelli was the most prolific scorer for Brazil with 18 points.

After tying the match on two sets all, Brazil failed to handle the pressure in crucial moments. Hidalgo Leal served the ball into the net and then the visitors couldn’t react to Semeniuk’s strong serve to lose 15-12.

“Patience was key to beating Brazil. In the difficult moments, we stayed calm and we just did the job. On Sunday we will give everything to take the gold,” Semeniuk commented.

In the other semifinal, Italy smashed Slovenia in straight sets 25-21, 25-22, 25-21. Outside hitter Daniele Lavia led the team to victory with 15 points. On Slovenia’s side, Klemen Cebulj contributed a team-high 14 points.

The final game will be played in Katowice on Sunday.

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