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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

France beat Netherlands 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-16) - duration 1:12
04-Oct, start time: 18:40, end time: 19:52 - Attendance: 2,800
France still surprises with easy victory over Netherlands
France put a straight sets victory over Netherlands on the scoreboard on the first day of the second round Pool J of the 2002 Men's World Championship. Both teams won their respective first round group, but in this European clash France showed that it was much better than the 1996 Olympic Champion.
In the first set, both teams showed clearly that they wanted to win this important clash. The French middle attacker Dominique Daquin was again one of the French stars. It was impossible for the Dutch defense his spikes. The Dutch formation was able to follow the opponent, thanks to their attackers Reinder Nummerdor and Guido Görtzen. At the end of the exciting set, the French block made the difference.
The defense of both teams played an important role in the second set. Halfway through the set, the performance of the French Stéphane Antiga (six points) emerged and his powerful spikes gave his squad the necessary advantage to allow France to take the set.
In the third set France was again better than the Dutch opponent. Netherlands had problems in scoring and the attack star Richard Schuil, one of the top scorers in the first round, couldn't find his rhythm. The Dutch opposite attacker only scored 12 points in this match. Nummerdor was the only Dutch player that scored some points, but that was not enough to bring France in trouble. In this set, Antiga was helped by the attacks of Frantz Gravorka.
With this victory, France is one step further to the quarterfinals, while Netherlands had to find back the level of the first round to make it to the "Elite Eight"of this event.
French Stephane Antiga was the best scorer of his team with 15 points: "I'm very happy with this victory and one more victiry would probabely enough to get qualified for the quartfinal" The Dutch Reinder Nummerdor was the best scorer of the match with 16 points.