Jiangning, China, July 11th, 2009 – After 5-set exciting and close competition, the Chinese National Team lost to the Netherlands pitifully on July 11th, 2009 in Jiangning, China.
Hoping to find another gear after dropping their 2 away matches to the Italy last weekend, the Netherlands used their height to control the spiking and blocking during the match. The Chinese team continued their tactics of quickness and variety, but they didn’t keep consistently during the match and finally lost the match. The 5 sets scores are 18-25, 25-19, 27-29, 25-11, 22-24. After this tough win, the Netherlands still possess a slim chance to get qualified to the World League Final.
In the first set, the China team seemed not so exciting and fell behind all the time. Despite 2 TOs by Zhou Jianan, the situation still did not make any change and with an error in serve, the China lost the first set in 18-25.
The second set reversed the first one. The China team came into the match physically and mentally and controlled the set despite 2 TOs by Netherlands. After a perfect blocking, China beat Netherlands back in 25-19.
Set 4 became quite close after both teams gradually knew the tactics of each other. The score climbed up by turns and came to 24-24. Both teams made several errors at this key moment. But the Netherlands caught the opportunity and won the set in 29-27.
China dominated set 4 and took the set easily in 25-11.
When all the persons thought the China team would take set 5 as set 4, the Netherlands did not agree so. The set became the climax of the match. Both teams presented their highest level and the score went quite close till 22-24 ended with an error in spiking by China.
The best player of China attributed to Chen Ping, who made 39 spiking attempts and got 22 points. But he was injured in the fifth set which more or less affected the last result. The best player of Netherlands belonged to No. 8 Van Dijk Kay, who made 42 spiking attempts and got 21 points.
The second match between China and Netherlands will be started at 13:30 (Local time) tomorrow afternoon (July 12th, 2009) in Jiangning, China.