Mexicali, Mexico, July 16, 2009- The taller and more experienced Netherlands team swept Venezuela in straight sets 25-9, 25-10, 25-18 in 61 minutes in the first day of the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship pool A match held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Thursday. The winners were dominant in all the net action through the steady performance of their middle blockers specially Nicole Koolhaas who was the match star and scorer also with 11 points equal to her colleague Anne Bujis who sent her unstoppable hits from position 4.
Netherlands started the match in a better disciplined line up as they deployed their solid block of Jeanine Stoeten and the fast attacks led by Lonneke Sloetjes forcing Venezuela head coach Sergio Rivero to call a timeout at 5-1. The orange dressed team continued their superiority to win the lead 8-2 at the First Technical Timeout (FTT). Due to the improper reception of Venezuela team, Netherlands continued their upper hand to continue leading 16-6 at the Second Technical Timeout (STT) before Wendy Romero gave a berth for her team with two strong spike services but again Netherlands used their overwhelming middle blockers to finish the set easily 25-9.
In the second set Netherlands team sliced through the Venezuelan defense by their razor sharp spike services that weren’t tolerated by their defense and they became ahead again 8-6. Venezuela tried to use their wing spikers to escape from the taller blockers of Netherlands team but they failed as the better side used again the magnificent performance of the centers Nicole Koolhaas and Nicole to win the set 25-10.
In the third set the Netherlands coach made some substitution to give the chance to some bench players and thus the score went near specially when Venezuela used the wing spikers Wendy Romero and Mari angel Perez to penetrate the opponent’s defense. Although the Netherlands coach continued his substitutions he remained the dominance in the court to win the set 25-18 and the match in straight sets.