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Ups and downs drag Netherlands to the key second win

USA 18. Akinradewo spikes against blocking by NED 16. Debby Stam; USA Libero 5. Stacy Sykora covers for attack.

The second day competition in Miaoli was getting heated up as teams getting more used to the competitive atmosphere.  An equal drag began the first match of the day between USA and Netherlands until Netherlands took a minor lead into the first technical timeout as American made several mistakes.  But Netherlands messed up with serve-receive after TTO and subsequently lost the lead due to a series of mistakes in defence.  Despite timeouts called by NED Head Coach Mr. Avital Selinger, Netherlands was unable to stablise and lost the set by 12-25.

As the second set began, American started to make random unforced errors.
Netherlands came back hard to take a six-point lead with no mercy and led the set to second technical timeout.  American managed to close up the gap well and stablised effectively with improved serves and covers.  Although it worked well with serve and defence, American was not able to improve serve-receive to organise follow-up attacks and lost the set by 22-25.

Despite a little unstable at the beginning, Netherlands spread all wings with enhanced serve-receive and thus well organised attacks.  Being able to play consistently, Netherlands led the third set by a constant gap of seven/eight-ish points and claimed the the set by 25-16.

Slow in response, American was not able to play their level at the beginning of the fourth set as Netherlands remained consistent.  However, the situation turned around as American recovered from the disturbing fog and broke through with enhanced blocks and defence to reach the first and second technical timeouts.  Netherlands was not able to get back on feet quickly and lost the set by 21-25.

Tension spread wide among both teams as the match went into the heat.
While American grasped the chance to take three key point from 10-14 to 13-14, Netherlands tried to stablise by the critical timeout called by NED Coach Mr. Selinger.  After returning to the court, Netherlands managed to organise the last effective attack by 4. Chaine Staelens and won the match.


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