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Netherlands' height advantage factor in win against Korea


Netherlands coach Edwin Benne is giving his comment about their match against Korea

Cheonan, Korea, June 29, 2013 – The tall Dutch team towered over Korea 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16) on the fifth week of Pool C at the FIVB World League on Saturday.

Netherlands captain Johannes Cornelius Bontje: It was a nice match. I think that our team and Korea are almost in the same level until the second set, but our blocking worked very well in the third set and that helped us lead in the game and won today. It was quite a good experience to have a match with an Asian team.

Netherlands coach Edwin Benne: It was an interesting and tough match. We do not have many experiences against Asian volleyball teams. There were two different styles of volleyball today. We are happy to learn about the Asian style of volleyball and it was a great to win today.

Korea captain Lee Sun-Kyu: I know we must get one more winning point to survive but we could get one today. I'm sorry for that. At the beginning of the match, our young players were in high spirits and played well despite Netherlands’ height advantage, but we could not continue that level. As the match progressed, Netherlands’ strength increased and we could not get overcome their height and power.

Korea coach Park Ki-Won: I know that we cannot get past the height of the Dutch team but we tried hard. In order to get over that height difference, we have to focus on service and service reception. Our service and service receptions were not good enough. We will try harder tomorrow which is our last home match.

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