Brasilia, Brazil June 12 – The Netherlands pulled off the biggest shock of the 2010 FIVB World League so far by beating Brazil on home soil in Brasilia 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-23) on Saturday in front of 11,308 to extend its lead in Pool A.
Dutch opposite Niels Klapwijk and middle-blocker Wytze Kooistra, as well as Brazilian wing-spiker Murilo Endres all topped the scores with 14 points.
Serving powerfully, the Netherlands made receiving difficult for the defending World League champions at the beginning of the first set and forced the South Americans to make several mistakes, winning 26-24.
Taking advantage of the Brazilian bad performance and playing without pressure, the Netherlands kept up the good rhythm in the second set and managed to win it 25-23 showing amazing efficiency in digging.
With middle-blockers Rob Bontje and Wytze Kooistra efficient in blocking and spiking, the Dutch imposed their way of playing in the third set and confirmed their good start in the World League by defeating the world champions 25-23.
"I am very satisfied with our performance because defeating a strong team like Brazil 3-0 at home is an amazing result," Rob Bontje, the Netherlands captain said. "They have three or four players who can win a match on their own. Now we have to be attentive for the second match as they will certainly be more aggressive than today".
The two sides will clash again on Sunday evening in Brasilia, with the hosts desperate for victory.