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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Netherlands beat Italy 3-2 (24-26, 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-10) - duration 2:01
17-Jul, start time: 12:35, end time: 14:36 - Attendance: 4'670
City: Sendai; Hall : Sendai City Gymnasium
Dutch surprise for Italy
Sendai, Japan, July 17, 2005 -- The Netherlands caused a major surprise by beating world champions Italy 3-2 (24-26, 18-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-10) in the first match on the fourth day of the World Grand Prix Final Round on Sunday.
Despite losing the first two sets, the Dutch showed tremendous character to fight back and win the decider comfortably.
It was the first loss of the week for Italy, who slipped to 3-1, while the Dutch improved to 1-3 with their first win.
Manon Flier was the inspiration with 26 points in a fine team effort.
Italy started slowly, and spent much of the first set playing catch-up.
Flier and Debby Stam kept the points ticking over for the Netherlands, breaking through the Italian defence at regular intervals.
Inevitably it was Nadia Centoni who stepped on the gas for Italy, producing some stylish winners, and a service ace, in the closing stages.
The Italian block started to work in the second set, and Sara Anzanello closed out the set 25-18.
The third set was similar to the first, with Italy behind but seemingly capable of lifting their game.
When Alice Blom brought the Dutch level 20-20, frustrated Italian coach Marco Bonitta brought his below-par team to the sideline.
This could not cure Italy's lethargy, however, and Netherlands captain Ingrid Visser and Francien Huurman both won easy points with Italy asleep.
Italy missed one match point when leading 24-23, and the Dutch took the third set 26-24 on Visser's serve which foxed the Italian defence.
The Dutch were scrapping for every point, and, in Flier, had a player capable of doing anything the Italians could do.
When the Netherlands led 21-17 in the fourth, Bonitta called another time-out, but the Dutch had the momentum and won the set 25-21 when Valentina Fiorin fired wide.
The Dutch turned around 8-5 up in the decider and were always in control.