FIVB - Volleyball World League

Press release

Netherlands through to face Portugal; Iran and Egypt now face off for the right to challenge Japan


The Netherlands, ranked 41st in the world, did what was expected of them and defeated the 45th ranked Dominican Republic in their two matches August 24 and 25.

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 27, 2012 – Playoff 1, Round 1 of World League 2013 Qualifications are now complete, with world No. 41 the Netherlands beating the Dominican Republic, ranked 45th in the world, 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 24-26, 30-28, 16-14) to record their second win in as many days.

The two wins confirm the Netherlands’ place in the second round of the World League 2013 qualification process where they will face Portugal. By the terms of the qualification process, because the Dutch come from the same continent as one of the two bottom-ranked 2012 World League sides, those two automatically play each other for a spot in the 2013 competition.

The next phase, Playoff 2 Round 1, will take place in Cairo, Egypt August 31 and September 2. The Egyptians will play two games against Iran. The winner will challenge Japan, who like Portugal finished in the bottom two of World League 2012.

The Netherlands actually only needed to win one set of their second game with Dominican Republic to advance, having won the first game in straight sets. But Dutch coach Edwin Benne said he wanted his side to win the second match outright, and not let up. They duly obliged despite being pushed to 16-14 in the fifth.

“We need to play better in the coming weeks,” said Benne. “It is obvious we met a good opponent this weekend and we made some steps forward, though we had to push it to the maximum each set. I am very satisfied with the result.”

Netherlands captain Rob Bontje applauded his opponents’ efforts. “We got what we came for, but played two heavy matches,” he said. “My compliments to the Dominican Republic, who gave us a good contest.”


Download highresolution

 Language(s)
   English

| More

More press releases

   
08.08.2013 12:17:44
VolleyWorld relives the action of the 2013 FIVB World League
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 8, 2013 – After six weeks of intense volleyball action during the Intercontinental Round of the 2013 FIVB World League, ... More...
23.07.2013 16:18:29
The start of an era
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2013 - As the excitement of the World League Finals winds down, Andrea Zorzi takes a look back at the action and why h... More...
22.07.2013 21:36:55
Canada jumps in rankings after World League performance
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2013 – The Canadian men’s national team’s exceptional performance in the 2013 FIVB World League has resulted in a seve... More...
22.07.2013 04:29:34
Every point was made of gold - Spiridonov
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Alexey Spiridinov says 'every point was made of gold' as Russia overwhelmed Brazil 3-0 in the final match of... More...
22.07.2013 01:04:42
We were surprised by Vettori - Sokolov
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Tsvetan Sokolov says the unexpected appearance of young Italian wing spiker Luca Vettori was the difference ... More...
22.07.2013 00:21:20
Young Vettori makes a point as Italy win bronze
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Young Italian star Luca Vettori led Italy to their first World League medal since 2004 with a 3-2 win agains... More...
21.07.2013 23:36:45
Russia become three-time World League champions
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – Olympic champions Russia became the third country after Brazil and Italy to win three or more World League t... More...
21.07.2013 23:12:03
Russia beat Brazil in straight sets to claim third World League title
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – The Olympic champions and world No. 2 Russia defeated Brazil 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) to claim their third ... More...
21.07.2013 20:17:40
Same Olympic matches, different World League teams
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - The medal deciders at the 2013 World League Finals are exactly the same as last year's matches at the 2012 O... More...
21.07.2013 19:17:47
Vettori leads Italy to bronze on Finals debut
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – World No 3 Italy repeated their London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal result by beating Bulgaria 3-2 (21-25... More...