Macau, China, August 16, 2010 – The Netherlands moved into seventh spot ahead of Germany on the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round rankings after recording their third win from six matches with a thrilling five-set win 3-2 (25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 15-7) over the Dominican Republic on Monday in Macau. The match is the first of two games in Macau which were postponed from Sunday due to a day of mourning for China’s mudslide victims.
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After defeats at the hands of China and Brazil on Friday and Saturday respectively, the Netherlands had to wait to Monday to record their first win of the weekend, however it wasn’t as convincing as they would have liked with the Dominican Republic coming back from two sets down to tie the match up at 2-2.
The match started with the Dominican Republic performing better at the net, bringing them an early lead however the Netherlands kept pace. An unforced error from the Dominican Republic gave the Netherlands a chance to take the lead themselves and at 19-17, it was enough for the world No. 8 to see out the first set.
The second set started in the same vein as the first, with both sides equally matched. The Netherlands slowly started gaining ascendency on the attack and took a four-point lead at 14-10, forcing Dominican Republic coach Marcos Kwiek to call a timeout. However, the Dominican Republic could still not find a way to stop the Netherlands, particularly captain Manon Flier who was in devastating form, who clinched the second set more convincingly than the first.
Two sets down and it was time for the Dominican Republic to turn things around. Some beautiful attacking play from Altagracia Mambru saw the world No. 13 take a 4-0 lead and with the help of some unforced errors from the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic started taking the control of the game, widening their lead to an astonishing 12 points at 22-10. The Netherlands managed to gain some respectability with six points in a row however by that stage the set was all the Dominican Republic’s who pulled back one set at 2-1.
Buoyed by the third set win, the Dominican Republic were clearly more ambitious in the fourth. Mambru continued her red hot form while Elisa Lisvel Eve Mejia was an able assistant as the Dominican Republic gaining a four-point advantage at 11.7. The Netherlands fought back with Flier and Francien Huurman proving too powerful at the net as the set was tied at 21-all before a powerful backcourt spike from Mambru helped the Dominican Republic take the game into a decisive set.
By this stage the momentum was all with the Dominican Republic, who raced to a 6-1 lead. However, the Netherlands soon regained their touch and fought back to 6-all. With two unforced errors from the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands jumped out to a 12-7 lead by which stage the Europeans were celebrating their third win of the competition.