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Women's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Netherlands beat Egypt 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-13) - duration 1:00
31-Aug, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:00 - Attendance: 1,700
Highly fancied The Netherlands wins against Egypt
The Netherlands did it's duty against Egypt and won the clash with the African team in straight sets. Outsider Egypt didn't have any chance in their second match of the preliminary round of the Volleyball World Championship. The Dutch were playing very well in the Schwerin Sport- and Kongresshalle and won easily. Dutch spiker Elles Leferink was especially happy because this clash was her 200th international match in the Dutch team after she made her debut in 1995.
The Dutch team started quickly. Because good services of middle blocker Ingrid Visser, the score at the first technical time out was 8-1. The attacks of the team from the Nil were not dangerous enough to bring the Dutch in trouble. The Dutch setter Riette Fledderus was substituted by the young and talented Kim Staelens at the score of 13-2. This was the beginning of a lot of substitutions. The Dutch coach tested his younger players and brought all twelve players on the court.
In the second set the "Orange squad" played very consequently. Because of the slow Egyptian game, The Netherlands was able to have a three block at almost every attacks of the opponent. The Dutch team won the second set with 25-13.
But the team of coach Hesham didn't give in and was even leading with 5-4 in the third set. Because of technical mistakes Egypt lost several points. The 1995 European Champions claimed the last set with 15-13 and is the first team to win two matches at the 2002 Women's World Championship.
Maureen Staal was the only Dutch players finished in the "double figures". The young wing spiker scored 10 points. Together with Egyptian Tahani Toson, Staal was the best scorer of the match.