Netherlands beat Canada 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23) - duration 1:15
03-Sep, start time: 19:30, end time: 20:45 - Attendance: 1,500 The Netherlands to last twelve
The Netherlands is extremely happy. The "Orange squad" used its final chance and qualified to the second round of the 2002 World Championship in Riesa thanks to a 3-0 victory against Canada. From Pool B, Egypt, Canada and Romania have to go home. Korea, Cuba and The Netherlands start the second round on Friday.. The 1,500 spectators in the Schwerin Sport- and Kongresshalle saw an exciting match on a high level. Both teams acted nervously in the beginning and that was not strange because the clash was the most important match for them. A series of services of Alice Blom gave the team of coach Angelino Frigoni the lead. Canada could not catch up and lost the first set with 18-25. The Dutch coach counted on his starting six in the second set. Frigoni could one not use Manon Flier, who stayed in the stand with an injury. Alice Blom, voted as Dutch player of the last season, replaced her. None of the teams took the lead, but at the end it was the Dutch setter Riette Fledderus who put her attackers in perfect position and brought The Netherlands the second set. At the score of 3-3 in the third set, the Dutch captain Ingrid Visser put the Canadian team under pressure with her serves. The North Americans fought for every single point, but it wasn't enough to put the straight sets victory of the Dutch team in danger. The Dutch spiker Francien Huurman was the best scorer with 20 points, while middle blocker Irina Donets made 17 points.