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Netherlands: "It wasn't easy to play against Japan"


The Netherlands team

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.

The Netherlands did not succeed in finding their rhythm in the opening set, whereas the Japanese train was running steadily (14-20). 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, to eventually end the set (25-20).

“In the second set we played with more power,” said Dutch headcoach Edwin Benne. “I was impressed by the play of the Japanese national team, their service pressure and the tactical play in the first set.”

Dutch setter Nimir Abdelaziz opened the score, but experienced some difficulties during the game.

“I got during the game some problems with my back, but I hope to play again tomorrow,” Abdelaziz said.

Japan tried to come closer again n the third, but the Dutch train was unstoppable.

"It wasn't easy to play against Japan, they had a tough service and good block,” said captain of the Dutch team Ron Bontje.

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

"We improved our game today compaired to the matches of last week against Korea,” said Japan’s coach Gary Sato. “ We are growing every match we play in the World League."

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