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Venezuela's Kervin Pineru hails importance of win over Cameroon

Venezuela's Kervin Pinerua feels victory over Cameroon in the Volleyball World Championship could have a huge impact on the sport at home.

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Vincenzo Nacci's men got their Pool A encounter off to a perfect start in Wroclaw on Tuesday, easing to a 3-1 success over the African nation.

Venezuela took the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-21, before Cameroon got themselves back into contention by taking the third 33-31.

Any hopes of a comeback were quashed, however, as Venezuela won the fourth 25-14, and Pinerua believes the result will have wider repercussions for the game in his country.

"We are very happy for this victory," he said. "It was very important mostly for the new generation of volleyball in Venezuela.

"That victory helped us a lot and we hope we will manage to win another matches. We want to play the best in the next matches. We will try our best to win."

Hosts and 2006 runners-up Poland made it two wins from two matches at the tournament, delighting a partisan crowd in Wroclaw with a 25-17 25-19 25-22 triumph over Australia.

"We showed a victory in a good style," said Poland's Michal Winiarski. "We proved the victory at the National Stadium [against Serbia in the opening match] was not a coincidence. We had a great team spirit and fought for every ball."

Elsewhere in Pool A, Serbia recovered from their opening loss with a 3-1 success over Argentina, 25-17 20-25 25-21 25-21.

In Pool B, three-time champions Italy mounted a stunning comeback from 2-0 down against France to clinch a 20-25 20-25 25-23 25-13 15-12 triumph, while Puerto Rico captain Hector Soto put his side's 3-0 defeat to Belgium down to their opponents' superior serve.

"We haven't got consistent reception in this game, if we had it, it could've been a better match from our side," he said.

"Belgium prepared a good plan on serve and we didn't have a response to it.

"I know that everybody internationally has seen me playing as an opposite, so they'll try to serve on me, take advantage on it. The Belgians used that and succeeded."

Elsewhere, Iran survived a comeback from the United States, eventually prevailing 25-23 25-19 19-25 18-25 17-15.

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