Egypt spiked and served well against Poland in their seventh game of the Volleyball World Cup, Japan, 17 September 2015 (Photo: FIVB)
Egypt have received their seventh defeat at the Japan's Volleyball World Cup losing 3-0 against Poland (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) early Thursday.
"We knew before playing the world champions that they are a strong team, but I’m proud of my players. They played good today and made some good serves," Egypt coach Nehad Shehata said after the game.
The Pharaohs, who are targeting a better rank from the championship eyeing the eighth or the seventh place, are still 11th of the tournament while Poland became second from seven wins.
"I congratulate Poland; they played good today. They have a good system for block and defence and their serve was also good," Shehata added.
From their side, Poland also praised the Egyptian team for their performance during the game.
"Maybe it’s normal to win 3-0 but Egypt can spike and serve very well and with those two elements they are very dangerous, so we made a serious game," stated Poland coach Stephane Antiga.
Egypt Captain Ahmed Salah Abdel-Hay remains the tournament's top scorer with 149 points (134 spike, 4 blocks and 11 serves), 24 ahead of Thomas Edgar of Australia
"We knew we would be up against a very strong team and they played well with good serve and blocks. But Egypt also played well. We could play freely under no pressure, so I think it was good," said Abdel-Hay.
The eight-time African champions are playing 3rd ranked Russia Friday, before they take on 12th Tunisia Monday, 9th Venezuela Tuesday ending the tournament against 7th Iran Wednesday.
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