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Benne: "We could only win using our own forces"


Team captain Rob Bontje spikes the Mikasa againsst Japan

The Netherlands took a quick lead in the second set. "After the first set win, Jelte Maan made the difference in the second set with his powerful services,” Yamamura said after the match.


Yamamura's coach, Gary Sato, congratulated Dutch coach Edwin Benne with his second World League win. "Though we lost today, I am satisfied with the improvements I saw in my team, compared to the two matches we played against Korea.”


The Netherlands struggled to find rhythm in the opening set. Winning team captain Bontje: "We have to blame ourselves for the loss of the opening set. Our side out was not good, and we could not respond well enough to the tactical play of Japan. Fortunately we managed to recover ourselves quickly.”


Winning coach Benne stated: "We should not try to beat Japan with their strengths: quickness and tactical play. We can only win if we use our own forces: power play and our length. Last week against Canada, we played two better matches. their game is quite similar to us, which makes it easier. We will study the video material and see what we can improve for tomorrow.”


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