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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Team GB men’s volleyball team lose out in three sets but produce their best performance of the tournament.
Team GB put on their best performance of the competition, but in the end were overpowered by Poland today.
GB men were up against it early on once again as they found themselves 10-3 down in the opening set.
And their third-ranked opposition looked to overwhelm the Brits with the score 13-4 in Poland’s favour.
Britain’s top points scorer Mark Plotyczer was able to land another point through a spike and helped put the hosts into double figures.
There were plenty of Poles to cheer on their side in the Earls Court venue and Poland continued to dominate as their ranking suggests as they moved 21-11 in front.
But another service error gifted Poland the set with the score at 25-16.
A 4-1 GB lead early in the second was soon eradicated and turned into an advantage for Poland and at the technical time led 9-6.
Tooting’s Dami Bakare produced a fine deft touch to give the hosts hope and followed that up with another spike to keep them in the set.
The set was evenly poised with Poland 19-15 ahead but they once again showed their superiority to see off the plucky challenge of the Brits by 25 points to 19.
Not for the first time in the volleyball competition’s entirety, the Great Britain team kept early pace with their opponents, but the odd point here and there proved crucial as the Poles went 10-7 ahead.
And they continued in the ascendancy as took a stranglehold of the game, leading 17-10 to put them within touching distance of victory.
Poland did just that though as they ended with a 25-18 final set win.