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Belgium demolishes Thailand in three quick sets

Belgian star and captain Lise van Hecke spiking through the Thai block
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 7, 2009. The atmosphere in the Mall Convention Center was weird as the Thai girls started off their first match for the second round of the 2009 Girls’ Youth Worlds against European champion Belgium. A totally packed arena – with the familiar choirs and drums – was there to boost the local heroines for a very difficult goal. Belgium was very consistent during the preliminaries and had left no chance there to solid opponents such as Japan and the United States. The first set was basically one-sided: Belgian captain Lise van Hecke – MVP at the last European Championships – set the pace for her mates and that resulted in a quick and definitely clear 25-12 for the guests.
However, the Thais were not keen to give up that quickly; in the second set their reception started working out much better – even though it was not to be compared with the performance of Japan in the previous match – and the score stayed quite close up to the second technical break. Belgium was more solid in the last and decisive rallies, with Thailand spiking or blocking out a couple of times. This is not the kind of gifts that Belgium really needs and captain van Hecke promptly served an ace to finish it off at 25-21.
In spite of the loud support coming from the stands, the hosts were today too weak and slow to cope with the impressive Belgian machine. The girls of coach Van de Vyver displayed an amazing show of strength in the third set, walking almost undisturbed - although they missed three match balls in a row - all the way through for the final 3-0.

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