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Poland continue winning run at Volleyball Men's World Championship

Poland finished the first round of the Volleyball Men's World Championship unbeaten with victory over Argentina on Sunday.

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The tournament hosts topped Pool A with a 100 per cent record heading into the second stage after a 25-20 25-20 25-23 victory over the South Americans in Warsaw.

Michal Winiarski top scored for the Poles with 16 points - 14 of which came from his spike - as they continued their bid for a second world title.

Russia and Brazil also went through the first stage undefeated after 3-2 and 3-1 wins over Bulgaria and Cuba respectively.

And France secured top spot in Pool D as they eliminated Belgium with a thrilling 25-14 21-25 25-20 22-25 15-12 victory.

The 3-2 win delighted France coach Laurent Tillie, who was pleased to come through a testing group.

He told the tournament's official website: "When we saw the draw, I thought 'this is not a good pool for us'".

"We were focused on Puerto Rico and Belgium, but this week has been magical for us, we played so well in defence. The main factor was to always believe in our team."

Iran sealed second in the same pool with a 25-17 25-22 25-14 triumph over Puerto Rico, while the United States beat Italy 25-18 25-20 23-25 25-17 to take third place.

There was also joy for Australia coach Jon Uriarte, who hailed his side after they came from 2-1 down to beat Venezuela 25-20 23-25 21-25 25-16 15-9 earlier in the day.

"It was a really difficult meeting. Venezuela challenged our experience. They did a great job. So I am very proud and happy that we gained the qualification," Uriarte said.

Canada will go into the next stage with momentum after easing to a 26-24 27-25 25-17 win over China, while Finland celebrated their qualification by beating Tunisia in straight sets.

Other results on Sunday saw Mexico beat Egypt in a five-set thriller while Germany beat South Korea 25-13 25-16 25-21 and Serbia overcame Cameroon 25-21 24-26 29-27 25-17.

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