Germany beat Netherlands 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14) - duration 1:41
27-Jun, start time: 19:30, end time: 21:11 - Attendance: 3,217 First victory of Germany after eight years
1st set: The beginning of the World League season 2002 started with the German team in front of 3.345 spectators at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. This location will be the same place for the finals of the World Championship Women in eight weeks. Extremely hard attacks given the reception around capitan Reinder Nummerdoor big difficulties and a good block made the points and a leading up to 15:6. Ralph Bergmann, playing his 100. match for the national team scored the first ace serve, Marco Liefke and Christian Pampel followed. The Netherlands started better then but they could not hold Germany making the first set won during World League 2002.
2nd set: This set started just the other way around as the first set did. The Netherlands showed excellent jumping services, the German team had big difficulties in the reception. Especially Guido Goertzen was the leading player and was pushing his team in front. Even Richard Schuil, who was not be seen during the first set, was making the points as used to be. The German rocket attacks were not as successful, so the set logically was won by the Netherlands.
3rd set: The first "La Ola" wave within the Max-Schmeling-Halle came during the third set showing the German players their successful play. The Netherlands were not impressed and were leading 5:2. Again Goertzen who gave strength to his team. Germany came after 12:12 and started to win. Especially the block worked hard and successful and Germany was leading 2:1 in sets.
4th set: After eight years - with one exeption - Germany again won a match in World League. Bjoern Andrae gave the direction for winning the match with his serving ace for 12:10.