Poland secures Olympic volleyball berth by beating Venezuela
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 03, 2016 10:04 AM
Michal Kubiak of Poland spikes against Jonathan Quijada (18) and Jose Carrasco of Venezuela during the Men's Volleyball World Olympic Qualification Tournament match in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Poland clinched the first Olympic berth available at a men's volleyball qualification tournament by beating Venezuela 3-0 on Thursday.
Captain Michal Kubiak scored a team-high 13 points as Poland secured a place at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 win at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Bartosz Kurek added 11 points for Poland, which had nine blocks and four service aces.
Poland improved to 5-0 in the eight-nation tournament while Venezuela remained winless.
France beat Canada 3-0 and improved to 4-1 to move a step closer to qualifying. Iran also improved to 4-1 with a five-set win over China.
The top three teams plus the highest-ranked Asian team qualify for the Olympics. If an Asian team finishes in the top three, the next-ranked team qualifies.