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No easy winner for Netherlands

GER Captain 7. Heike Beier digging up

Match No.20 of 2009 World Grand Prix was between European constant competitors, Germany and Netherlands.  With more experiences and titles on the world stage, Netherlands went into the lead by superior spikes and less mistakes while Germany struggled to break through the scoring ice.  Netherlands pocketed a clear lead of 12 points and won the first set by 25-13.

Despite the pressure, Germany got back in tempo and improved attacks by wing spiker No.7 Heike Beier.  By improving serve-receive and thus organising effective rounds of follow-up attacks to break through, Germany managed to close up the gap efficiently in the second set.  Although struggling, Netherlands refused to give any easy chance and stablised quickly in the lead to grasp the set by 25:23.

Having warmed up by two sets, Germany awakened in the third set while Netherlands experienced turbulence from the beginning.  It became a harder game for Netherlands to claim as Germany pulled out full force for the victory.  With obvious improvement both in defence and serve-receive, Germany was able to organise rounds of attack to wear out Netherlands and took the key points and thus the set.

The fourth set began with a seesaw struggle through to the second technical timeout.
With a little bit luck on their side, Netherlands was able to pull away few more points afterwards by critical mistakes from Germany and claimed the match by 3-1.


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