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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Netherlands beat Czech. Republic 3-2 (23-25, 30-28, 25-20, 22-25, 15-8) - duration 2:00
05-Oct, start time: 16:40, end time: 18:40 - Attendance: 4,800
Netherlands recovers and can still dream of quarterfinal
The Netherlands pulled off a crucial victory over the Czech Republic in the second round Pool J of the 2002 Men's World Championship. It took the 1996 Olympic Champion five sets to get rid of the Czech, coached by the famous Julio Velasco. With this difficult win, the Flying Dutchmen still have a chance to reach the quarterfinal.
After three mistakes in attack by the Dutch in the beginning of the first set, Czech took the lead and kept it till the end of the set.
In the second set, the Dutch spikers Reinder Nummerdor and Guido Görtzen (14 points together) were in a better shape. The Dutch team took the lead, but some power serves of Czech Martin Lebl gave Czech Republic set points. Two blocks of Joppe Paulides changed the momentum and allowed Netherlands to level the match.
In the third set, the Czech reception was poor and Netherlands took advantage, winning the set without any problems. The Dutch team was not strong enough to clinch the match already in the fourth set. The Czech played better due to a hard service and the low reception of its opponent (45%).
A fifth set tiebreaker had to bring the decision. Four great serves of Nummerdor at 9-7 gave Netherlands the lead the team needed. The Flying Dutchman took the victory and still have a chance reaching the next round.
The Dutch opposite attacker Richard Schuil was the best scorer with 20 points. "We still have hopes now we won," Schuil said. "Now we have to play against Brazil, the most difficult opponent in this group".
/ajm