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The Netherlands downs Finland, continues at the top


Olli Kunnari spikes against a block of three: Jelte Maan, Thomas Koelewijn and Niels Klapwijk.

Tampere, Finland, July 5, 2013 – Pool C leader Netherlands downed Finland 3-1 in four hard fought sets Friday, and kept alive good hopes of finishing on top and securing a place at the eight team 2013 FIVB World League finals in Argentina.

Only four points separated the teams as The Netherlands won 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23) in the Tampere Ice Arena before 3,370 spectators. The winners continue at the top place in the Pool C standings with 22 points, with its only challenger Canada, 18 points, playing the first of two games in Japan on Saturday.

For Finland, it was the fifth consecutive loss, after losing twice in Japan, and losing both games against Canada at home last week. With nine points, the Finns have to cast a worried look toward Japan, who has eight points, and two games with  Canada coming up. The two last teams will have to qualify to stay in the World League.

The Netherlands had its best player in the two-meter tall Niels Klapwijk who hit no less than 25 points, spiking 23 of them. Klapwijk had considerable success making points off the opponent’s blocks. He has come back strongly after being sidelined with injury.

Wytze Kooistra, the team’s top scorer, sat out a few times and did not look the man who spiked 103 points in the previous games. But he became important in another role, as a blocker, with four points but also several times helping out in successful plays. Maan Jelte, the shortest playing Dutchman was surprisingly effective with 15 points. Also Jeroen Rauwerdink reached 15.

Finland picked up its game substantially from the previous weekend against Canada, and its main man Mikko Oivanen finished with 19 good points, but his mighty arm seemed to be tiring toward the end. Oivanen’s fate was to do a few costly mistakes.  Olli Kunnari had 15 points and Antti Siltala 9.

Neither team could at any time create bigger gaps. A stretch of five Dutch points early in the third set was the biggest run, but a good spell with four points against one going to 23-20 in the fourth proved valuable. The effective Klapwijk scored three of Netherland’s four last points.

The teams play each other again Saturday.


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