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Netherlands overwhelm the formidable strugglers of Mexico

Netherlands triple block against Mexico

Mexicali, Mexico, July 18, 2009- In front of 3500 excited home crowd the Netherlands overwhelmed the formidable strugglers of Mexico in a fantastic 3-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-19, 25-23) encounter lasting 104 minutes in the third and last day of the first round of the 2009 Women’s Junior World Championship held here at Auditorio del Estado Ciudad Deportiva hall in Mexicali, Mexico on Saturday. Netherlands kept their winning streak ending pool A matches with a win- loss ratio of 3-0 to top the pool, while Mexico suffering the first defeat dropped to 1-2 to finish at the second position but both teams will continue the journey to the title in Mexicali playing for the 1-8 positions.
 Netherlands team took the matter seriously at the start of the match as they arranged their attacks using the weak Mexican defense. They led comfortably from the start using the efficient spikers Nicole Has from the center of the net and Anne Buijs from the periphery and thus they went comfortably to win the set 25-17.
 The second set showed controversial performance from both teams as the Mexican team regained their concentration while the Netherlands players were disturbed and fell into frequent reception and digging mistakes that allowed Mexico to go into a wide score difference after the good action from Andrea Rangel who sent her unstoppable hits from position 2 aided by Cecelia Rios and Samantha Bricio. Netherland team tried to come to the match at the last few points but the wide point deficit and the high motivation of the Mexican players didn’t allow them to achieve that and Mexico went easily for the set 25-17.
Again the Netherlands improved their mistakes in reception and backline defense and thus they succeeded to build up the attacks through Anne and Lonneke Sloetjes who did well in the penetration of the Mexican defense. The Mexican setter Nancy Ortega tried to escape the opponent tall blocker through her combinations but the Netherlands finished the job winning the set 25-19 to lead 2-1 in sets.
 The fourth set showed early Mexican come back through their better reception and the wing spiker Rangel who spiked well and they led 8-4. Netherlands used the tactical service as well as the quick attacks to come near till they reach to 16-15 for Mexico at the STT. The set went point by point thereafter with more exciting moments of rallies till Netherlands won the set narrowly 25-23.



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