Hong Kong, August 15, 2009 – The Netherlands fought hard to win their eighth match in the FIVB World Grand Prix 2009 and crushed Dominican Republic by three straight sets (25-14, 33-31, 30-28) in Hong Kong.
The Netherlands and the Dominicans have not yet recovered from the fatigue from last night. Both the teams lost points by making serving errors. Ingrid Visser performed with intelligence and speedy movement at the net and lift up the spirit of Netherlands. The Dominicans however, failed to lead at the first TTO. The aggressive serving and extremely assertive spiking by the Netherlands forced the Dominicans to call for a timeout at 10-6. The Dominicans attempted to regain the form by substituting players before lagging a double at the second TTO. The loose defense and continuous substitutions by the Dominicans was fatal. The Netherlands won the set high at 25-14.
The second set started out well for the Dominicans with two successful blocks at the beginning of the set. Despite the concrete defence of Netherlands, they were able to take the lead at the first TTO at 8-6. The Dominicans courageously made use of the full width of the net in their attacks. Netherlands then gathered themselves to tie the score to 10-10, but the Dominicans reeled off the next four points at 15-10. The Dominicans screamed for a time off as Netherlands closed the gap to three points at 18-15. They called for a timeout again at 18-18. A controversial score at 20-19 decreased the advantage of the Dominicans. Netherlands took the lead at 21-22 again after a serve error committed by the Dominicans and an ace serve from Netherlands. Both teams held on tough towards the end of the set. After the long rally, Netherlands ran up a slim lead at 31-32, eventually winning the marathon set at 31-33.
Taking the critical second set boosted up the confidence of Netherlands. They started the game with solid blocks and swirling serves and jumped to 6-3, forcing the Dominican team to call for a TO. The Dominicans reinforced their attacks and tried to narrow the gap but failed. The Dominicans started to lose their grip after the second TTO and let the Netherlands gain four straight points before the Dominicans used their second TO at 22-18. With the Netherlands holding 3 match points at 24-21, the high morale of the Dominicans was well appreciated. The set entered deuce at 24-24. Their endeavor nonetheless fell short and the game ended with a mighty spike from Debby Stem at 30-28. The Netherlands attained their second triumph in Hong Kong.