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World League 2002 - Press Info

Match Descriptive

Russia beat Netherlands 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 35-33) - duration 1:22
02-Aug, start time: 18:00, end time: 19:22 - Attendance: 5,012
Russian victory over Netherlands 3:0
With both teams already through to the final, Netherlands decided to make the trip without some of its key players, using instead the possibility of giving three young 20-year-olds the international experience of playing one of the top teams in the world. Joppe Paulides, Robert Horstink and Joram Maan all showed their talent by turnign in a remarkable performance, especially in the third set. In the first two sets, Russia left no doubt about who was the dominant team, but after some substitutions in the third set, the power was much more equally distributed. The Dutch team had no less than six set balls in the third set and Russia, with the same number of match balls only won after a service error by the Dutch service at the seventh match ball.
"It was a match of equal rivals. When both teams have already been decided, the question of participation in the final round is more one of allowing them to each solve their own tasks. The Dutch team tried its young players. Russia showed its local volleyball players to Belgorod fans. I am satisfied with both the match itself and the result," said Guennade Chipouline, Russia's coach.
"We knew we could not win in Russia," said Dutch coach Bert Goedkoop. "Last weekend we were in Cuba. Now we are playing in Russia. You can understand the difference of times. At the same time half of our players are very young and I wanted to test them in the match against a strong team. They were nervous in the two first sets, but I am very happy because they demonstrated their real forces in the third set. I knew they are talented and now I am sure they can play very good Volleyball.
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