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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Netherlands beat Germany 3-1 (18-25, 28-26, 25-17, 25-23) - duration 1:43
06-Sep, start time: 18:30, end time: 20:13 - Attendance: 4,038
The Netherlands nails host Gemany
The German team missed a big opportunity to win the first second round match against The Netherlands. The home squad lost 3-1 against the Dutch, who overcame three set points in the second set after even losing the first sets.
The German coach Hee Wan Lee put Verena Veh in the starting six instead of Olessya Kulakova. With two points by top scorer Angelina Gruen the German team gained their first lead at 8-6. But the Netherlands remained close and gained points once and again with fast attacks overhead by Irina Donets. At 16-14 for the Germans, coach Lee substituted Veh by Kulakova who immediately showed a good blocking action. Three further points by Gruen gave Germany a 21-15 lead in the first set which finally went to the German 25-18.
Germany, cheered on by the enthusiastic crowds, served more powerful at the beginning of the second set and achieved a 6-2 lead. But the Dutch didn't give up taking over the lead at 12-11 for the first time. One of the major facts was the setter substitution in the Dutch team. Angelo Frigoni brought Kim Staelens on the court replacing Riette Fledderus. Germany equalises at 22-22 and has three set points. The Dutch team killed these opportunities and won the set 28-26.
After no team could make a gap in the third set, the Dutch increased their lead to 16-12 by the jump serves of Alice Blom. The German players now seem to lose control of their game. Angelina Gruen's powerful attack at 23-14 down was the first good action, but it was too late. The "Orange squad" won the third set (25-17).
The Dutch appeared cooler at the decisive points. The German block had particular problems with the spikes of Elles Leferink, who was the best scorer of her team with 17 points. When the host team was 23-20 the Germans even equalised at 23-23. But this was not enough, because The Netherlands took the last points to win the match (25-23).
Angelina Gruen was the best scorer of the match with 22 points.