U.S.A. beat Netherlands 3-2 (25-15, 18-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-13) - duration 1:53
07-Sep, start time: 17:00, end time: 18:53 - Attendance: 4,603 USA qualified for Elite Eight after five sets victory over The Netherlands
USA claimed a spot in the quarterfinal after defeating The Netherlands in the second round Pool G match of the 2002 Women's World Championship. Right from the start of the match the USA made it clear that the team was the favorite to win the clash. By fast attacks from the very athletic middle blockers Danielle Scott and Heather Bown the Americans quickly gained a 11-6 lead and extended it to 18-9 thanks to well-placed jump serves by Tayyiba Haneef. This lead was sufficient to win the first set easily 25-15. The Netherlands start the second set much better than the first one, mainly thanks to Kim Staelens and Alice Blom, who have been put on the court by coach Frigoni. At the second technical time-out the Netherlands was leading 16-12 and could even extend the advantage to 20-13. The Dutch squad finally won the set with 25-18. The US players didn't mind losing the set. With powerful serves they put the pressure on the Dutch receivers like libero Elke Wijnhoven causing their opponents to make mistakes. Frigoni substituted Staelens by Fledderus when his team was 13-6 down, but this had no effect, because the Dutch team lost the set 25-17. Once again the Americans had the better start in the fourth set. They know if they win this match they are qualified for the quarter-finals. The Dutch didn't give up and even took the lead at 19-16, with again outstanding play by Blom. That was the basis for winning the set with 25-21. The fifth set tiebreaker had to bring the decision in this high-level match. The Netherlands took a 6-4 lead and extended it to 12-9. But the USA stroke back and was leading only some moments later with 14-12. Irina Donets could kill the first US match point, after Blom served out, the USA won the match. Alice Blom was with 20 points the best scorer of the match, while US Danielle Scott made 19 points.