Nancy, France, 1 July 2016 - Wallace De Souza led Brazil to a comfortable straight sets victory with a 3-0 (30-28, 25-21, 25-16) win over Poland. De Souza scored 14 points as Brazil got their weekend off to the perfect start in Group 1 of the World League.
Despite a hard fought first set, De Souza was on song throughout the match, ably supported by Mauricio Souza and Lucas Saatkamp with 11 points, whilst Michal Kubiak was top scorer for Poland with nine points.
Poland were first out the blocks, taking an early lead at 9-6, before Brazil began their comeback and levelled the match at 18-18. Both teams had chances to take the first set with neither team giving an inch as the points were exchanged. With the game deep into a tie-break, Brazil got the crucial point to take the set 30-28.
Buoyed by their first set triumph, Brazil took an early control of the second set at 8-4. However Poland hit back to take the lead at 13-12, giving them hope of getting back into the set. Brazil regained their control of the match to re-establish the lead and take the set 25-21.
With Wallace De Souza and his teammates working hard as a team, they were not about to allow Poland back into the game and once again went into a lead, only this time they were racing towards a straight sets win, which they duly wrapped up 25-16 for a 3-0 win.