Warsaw, Oct 11 : Poland notched their fifth consecutive victory of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup, defeating Australia in straight sets 25-18, 25-20, 25-9 in Hiroshima, Japan on Friday.
Bartosz Kurek tallied a game-high 13 points for Poland, while Artur Szalpuk added 11. Lincoln Alexander Williams top-scored for Australia with 11 points.
Bronze medalists at the last World Cup, Poland were dominant, establishing a convincing lead in the beginning period of all three sets. The final set embodied Poland's status as tournament favorites, as they restricted Australia to just nine points.
Vital Heynen's players have won seven of their eight games at the tournament so far, losing once against the United States.
"There's not really very much to say about this match," rued Australia coach Mark Lebedew afterwards. "Poland played a great match, they were really well prepared and aggressive, they were really convinced to play their game and attack and they never let their level drop. We have a lot we can learn from this game."
After the match, Australia are languishing in 11th place with just two points, while Poland sit second, three points behind leaders Brazil, whom they face on Sunday.