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Netherlands scores easy win for 100th Grand Prix match


Yvon Belien in attack against Kahina Arbouche

Belgrade, Serbia, August 11, 2013 – In their 100th match of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, the Netherlands’ women scored their second victory of the season with a dominating 3-0 (25-15, 25-07, 25-06) sweep against debutants Algeria on Sunday in Belgrade.

Robin de Kruijf of Netherlands was the star of the match with 16 points, including 8 blocks, while Algeria’s Safia Boukhima led her team with six of their total 28 points.

Algeria, one of three World Grand Prix debutants, is the only nation still waiting for a first win in the competition. With a total 28 points on Sunday, the team was able to avoid recording another record low. In their second match of the World Grand Prix on Aug. 3, the team recorded 26 total points against Japan (10-25, 08-25, 08-25), marking the lowest number ever in the competition since the start of the 25 points-per-set scoring format.

Like the previous two matches during the second weekend of the 2013 World Grand Prix, Algeria could not create any problems to their rivals. Only in the first set they managed to score 15 points against the Dutch women, but the following two were dominated by the Netherlands, as Algeria scored a total of 13 points in sets two and three combined.

The women of the Netherlands entered the court eager to compete, and they were pushing very hard during the whole match. Algeria could not respond to their opponents, and often made unnecessary mistakes. They struggled to score and thru the mid-stage of the match they completely lost confidence.

The match finished with a total 103 points, 75 for The Netherlands and 28 for Algeria.

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