Hong Kong, August 16, 2009 – Credit must be given to the thundering cheers and applause of over 13,000 audience at the Hong Kong Coliseum as China defeated Netherlands in a four-set match by 25-21, 25-22, 21-25 and 25-21 on Sunday afternoon.
China began the set with a combination of forceful spikes and serves. Ma Yunwen from China secured points by delivering fierce serves. China attained a lead (8-4) at the first TTO. Netherlands failed to close the score difference with China. It remained a tough time for Netherlands until the second TTO (16-11). Even the hammers from Netherlands could not stop China from capturing the first set at 25-21.
At the beginning of the second set, some winning series gave China a 5 point advantage (8-3) at the first TTO. Facing Xue Ming’s and Wang Yimei’s powerful spikes, Netherlands attempted to strengthen their barrage and maximize their attack. However Netherlands’ effort seemed to be in vain and China sealed the set at 25-22.
Netherlands got off to recover with improved serves and more vigorous attacks, and obtained a 2-point lead at the first TTO. Not allowing China to get any closer to the scores, the captain of Netherlands, Manon Flier gathered the strength of every team member and expanded the gap to 16-12. Under her marvelous leadership, Netherlands’ spirit significantly lightened up and thus wrapped the set at 25-21.
Sustaining the winning flame in their hearts, Netherlands kept dominating the fourth set at the first TTO (8-5). Wang Yimei’s successive superb jump-serves finally brought the score to a tie at 11-11 and gained a 2-point lead at the second TTO. Not disappointing the Hong Kong audience, China thrashed the apparently unbeatable Netherlands team and clinched the game at 25-21.