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Second World League win for the Netherlands

Dutch team wins first World League match against Japan and celebrates victory

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, June 8, 2013 – In their first home match for the 2013 FIVB World League, the Netherlands booked a 3-1 victory against Japan on Saturday.

In the first set, Dutch setter Nimir Abdelaziz opened the score, but after two successful Japanese blocks the visiting team took over the lead (4-5). A few minutes later, Japan had built out its lead to four points (6-10), causing Dutch coach Edwin Benne to call for his first time out. 

The Netherlands did not succeed in finding their rhythm in the opening set, whereas the Japanese train was running steadily (14-20). A fantastic spike of Yu Koshikawa brought the Japanese their 23rdpoint. An ace of Wytze Kooistra gave the Dutch their 19th and last point in the opening set, that was closed by the top scorer of the first set, Tatsuya Fukuzawa (8 points).

The home team knew a better start in the second act, resulting in a quick lead (5-2) that was built out slowly but steadily. And when Japan started making some unforced errors, the Netherlands profited optimally (14-9). The Dutch attacks sorted more success and combined with higher service pressure, the home team started to look like the team that won from Canada in the second match of the opening weekend (21-16). Japan managed to decrease the gap to two points (22-20), but after 45 minutes, team captain Rob Bontje scored the last needed point to level the score in sets (25-20).

Again the Netherlands immediately created a gap in the opening phase of the third set (5-1). After two impressive spikes of Oranje’s top scorer Wytze Kooistra, the Dutch reached the first technical time out with a four points lead. Japan however did not give in and when the Dutch started making some unforced errors, the visitors almost managed to even the score (14-13). Benne called his team on the side which sorted the wanted effect: The Netherlands walked away again to 18-13.

Still, after the pep talk of Japanese coach Gary Sato, Japan managed to score three points in a row (18-16). At 20-17, Abdelaziz was substituted by Nico Freriks. An ace of Fukuzawa decreased the margin to one point (21-20). The squad of Benne kept cool and at 25-22 the third set was ended.

Japan was not defeated yet and showed the opening phase of the fourth act (0-2, 2-4). Then, the Netherlands shifted gear and after an unstoppable three meter attack of Kooistra, the score board showed 10-6. Japan tried to change the tide, but could not prevent that the home team had a comfortable lead after an ace of Jelte Maan (16-9). The team of head coach Gary Sato tried to come closer again, but the Dutch train was unstoppable. After two services in the net of the Japanese squad, the Netherlands cashed their second World League win (25-18).

The teams meet again tomorrow at 13:30 local in Omnisport Apeldoorn.

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