FIVB - Volleyball World League

MATCH INFO

The Netherlands beat Portugal in tight five-set match


Dutch players Nimir Abdelaziz and Robin Overbeeke celebrating the 3-2 victory over Portugal

Almere, Netherlands, June 7, 2014 – The Netherlands bolted on 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 18-25, 16-14) triumph over Portugal in Pool E of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League at the Top Sport Centre on Saturday.

Netherlands’ Robin Overbeeke topped all scorers in the match with 28 points, while Valdir Sequeira scored 18 points for Portugal.

Netherlands pressured the Portuguese team that led to the 8-4 advantage at the first obligatory break. Portugal closed the gap through a service ace of Marco Ferreira at 14-12 but could not prevent the Dutch squad from building a comfortable lead until Robin Overbeeke sealed the victory on a kill for Netherlands 25-21.

Portugal started better in the second set and immediately took a 5-3 lead. The home team kept their pace and took a one-point lead going into the first technical timeout. After two blocks of Dutch setter Nimir Abdel-Aziz, the lead suddenly bloated 13-8 followed by a strong spike from Dick Kooy to increase their lead 17-10. The Portuguese side could not prevent the Dutch team from taking an easy win until the final point in the set was scored by Abdel-Aziz on a kill block at 25-21.

Kooy led the Dutch charge at the start of the third set that commanded an 8-4 advantage for the home team. Portugal did not give up and cut down the margin by a single point. Dutch players Thomas Koelwijn and Jeroen Rauwerdink widened the gap 12-9 but the Portuguese men found their way bay to tie the score at 13-all. Portugal depended on their strong blockers Marcel Keller Gil and Alex Ferreira to bring them back in the game then captain Joao Jose took over to another run that finally secured the third set 25-19.

Portugal opened the fourth set strongly 7-4 but the Dutch blocking tandem of Abdel-Aziz and Bas van Bemmelen brought them back into the game with a tied score 9-all. Portugal scored another run led by Sequeira to equalise the match at 25-18.

Kooy once again scored on crucial points in the decisive set but the opponents’ persistence brought the visiting team back and even took the lead 10-9. Then a series of lead changes happened where Portugal reached the first match point but Overbeeke’s heroics in the end game seized the 16-14 win for the Netherlands.


Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
24.07.2014 10:52:10
World League's top four USA, Brazil, Italy and Iran contribute to Dream Team

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2014 – USA outside hitter Taylor Sander topped the statistical charts to receive the highest individual honour in the ... More...

22.07.2014 16:16:30
Andrea Zorzi: Speed is at the heart of modern volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2014 - After the end of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League, former Italian champion Andrea Zorzi talked about the d... More...

22.07.2014 15:00:52
World League performances reshuffle world ranking

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 22, 2014 – The 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League has resulted in a reshuffle of the senior men’s world ranking, with Serbi... More...

21.07.2014 01:09:50
Talking Stats: USA join World League’s multiple gold medal club; Italy win back-to-back bronze

21.07.2014 00:07:58
USA upset Brazil to claim second World League title

20.07.2014 12:43:14
Stats Preview: Brazil, USA set for first-ever meeting in World League final; Italy eye fourth bronze medal

20.07.2014 00:16:51
Talking Stats: USA reach third World League final; Brazil get chance to add more silverware

19.07.2014 22:56:53
Brazil and USA book World League final date

19.07.2014 12:42:24
Stats preview: Iran take first ever meeting with USA; Brazil aim to continue semifinal winning streak

18.07.2014 23:33:36
Talking Stats: Iran guarantee top four finish for the first time; Italy keep clean win-record

18.07.2014 22:37:41
Italy v Brazil, USA v Iran in World League Semifinals

18.07.2014 13:50:39
Talking stats: Iran and Australia in critical, must-win matches to make World League semifinals cut

18.07.2014 00:09:46
Talking Stats: Brazil end losing streak against Russia; USA recover to record win in World League finals

17.07.2014 23:13:43
Brazil and Italy book semifinal spots on World League Finals Day Two

17.07.2014 12:34:32
Brazil renew rivalry with Russia; Australia test mettle on first trip to World League Finals

17.07.2014 00:27:18
Talking Stats: Russia overcome five-set losing spell; Italy end losing streak

16.07.2014 07:09:10
Russia set title defence against Iran; Italy and USA break win-record tie in World League

14.07.2014 15:21:56
FIVB World League: the grand finale to a spectacular, record-breaking edition

14.07.2014 09:47:57
Social Timeline: All eyes on Sydney for World League Group 2 Finals

09.07.2014 06:54:04
Group 2 Finals statistical preview: Teams prepare for first World League meetings in semifinals

08.07.2014 14:21:20
Upbeat Volleyroos host World League Group 2 Finals

08.07.2014 10:58:21
Statistical review: Finals line-up begins to take shape after Week 7 action

07.07.2014 09:14:12
Social Timeline: Final World League weekend full of drama

07.07.2014 00:43:27
Dramatic Intercontinental Round final day as World League Finals participants confirmed

05.07.2014 01:17:36
Serbia beat USA to keep Pool B close; Belgium clinch Final Four spot

04.07.2014 08:40:01
All East European clash in World League Match of the Week

04.07.2014 00:07:35
Brazil beat Italy to keep Group 1 Finals hopes alive

03.07.2014 13:16:05
Australia ramps up World League interest with radio campaign

03.07.2014 10:28:23
Brazil and Russia prep up and put everything at stake for last chance at Final Six

03.07.2014 09:02:00
“Nemo” ready to excite Sydney volleyball fans

02.07.2014 16:57:22
Finland aim to stage upset of Pool C leaders Belgium in Tampere

02.07.2014 15:39:22
Tickets sold out for FIVB World League in Milan for Italy and Brazil match

02.07.2014 14:46:59
Teams in Groups 1 and 2 wrap up Pool play for World League Finals

02.07.2014 11:30:32
Australian singer Bonnie Anderson headlines Volleyroos weekend

02.07.2014 10:04:37
Serbia target two imperative wins against USA

01.07.2014 14:14:34
Bulgaria coach Placi resigns, Naydenov takes over

01.07.2014 10:57:48
World League 2014: New format creates buzz

01.07.2014 09:43:52
Azzurri visit San Patrignano rehabilitation community

30.06.2014 18:18:27
Cuba prevail double five-setters in Group 3 Final Four; Iran top Pool A

30.06.2014 12:02:01
Social Timeline: Cuba wins gold in Group 3, top teams get closer to FIVB World League title

29.06.2014 22:53:57
Iran reach first final and Serbia still in contention while Cuba take Group 3 gold

28.06.2014 21:21:26
USA suffer second World League loss; Cuba and Turkey through to Group 3 final

28.06.2014 14:13:10
Russia and USA rev up for another exciting encounter in the 'Match of the Week'

28.06.2014 02:00:56
Iran continue run in World League; USA edge Russia 3-2

26.06.2014 13:57:55
Week 6 World League statistical preview: rivalries intensify and Group 3 Final Four unwraps

26.06.2014 12:19:39
25th FIVB World League: Cuba favourites to win first of three Finals in Bursa

26.06.2014 08:49:13
President Graça: World League Group 3 Finals provide "unique opportunity"

25.06.2014 09:24:00
Finland looking for more stability in home games against Canada

25.06.2014 09:08:44
World League preview: Deciding matches on week 6 schedule

24.06.2014 15:33:41
World League week 5 statistical review: Russia and Argentina extend winning streaks

23.06.2014 15:51:34
Social Timeline: Fans get louder in World League week five

22.06.2014 22:33:09
Iran claim double over Italy; Brazil and Portugal bounce back

22.06.2014 07:21:29
Bulgaria break into win column and snap USA winning streak; Russia and Argentina earn double victories

21.06.2014 07:00:45
USA win seventh straight in World League; Iran upset Italy

20.06.2014 10:47:32
'Match of the Week' action hots up as Poland host Brazil

19.06.2014 07:13:47
Statistical preview: Unbeaten USA seek to gain more ground in World League Week 5

18.06.2014 11:17:27
World League week 5: Volleyball superpowers Brazil and Russia under pressure

18.06.2014 10:07:31
Week 4 statistical review: Pool leaders Italy and France get tamed, USA remain only unbeaten team in World League

16.06.2014 10:24:40
Social Timeline: World League teams prove their strength in week four

15.06.2014 23:10:21
Final Four set for Bursa; France and Brazil bounce back following defeats

15.06.2014 06:09:36
Countdown begins to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship

15.06.2014 06:09:36
USA stay unbeaten in World League, Russia get first win

14.06.2014 06:43:19
Iran defeat Brazil again; Germany end France's unbeaten run

13.06.2014 11:20:46
USA host Serbia in World League 'Match of the week'

12.06.2014 10:37:03
"Coaches face a major dilemma" - Andrea Zorzi

12.06.2014 09:06:53
World League statistical preview: Teams intensify bids in the tournament's fourth week

11.06.2014 17:18:41
Finland hoping to capitalise on home advantage against Australia

11.06.2014 16:23:17
Tunisia play hosts to six World League pool F matches

11.06.2014 14:56:51
Russia and Bulgaria seek to end winless streak in World League

11.06.2014 13:35:37
Bengolea misses Argentina's World League matches in Japan

11.06.2014 12:15:22
Coaching Argentina is a challenge and a duty, says a passionate Julio Velasco

11.06.2014 09:50:24
World League preview: Fightback begins for defending champions Russia in week four

10.06.2014 12:15:10
Week 3 statistical review: World League complete team showcase in bumper weekend of matches

09.06.2014 21:58:45
Social Timeline: Record-breaking match action and unique venue highlight Week 3

09.06.2014 16:01:03
Pool E carry out most five-setters on third week of World League

08.06.2014 06:58:58
Iran score shock upset against Brazil in World League

07.06.2014 20:57:30
Eternal City embraces the Azzurri ahead of Poland clash

07.06.2014 11:28:41
Italy stay perfect in World League after 3-1 win over Poland

07.06.2014 03:55:53
Setter Trinidad spearheading Spanish volleyball's push to the future

06.06.2014 16:58:23
Italy and Poland in World League 'Match of the week' spotlight

06.06.2014 13:21:09
Spain raring to go ahead of World League return

05.06.2014 18:49:08
The Czech Republic dominate Korea in World League Pool E five-set thriller

05.06.2014 14:21:26
Belgium ready to build on opening success

05.06.2014 13:24:12
World League in full swing as Group 3 action starts

05.06.2014 12:34:42
Slovakia in good mood before World League debut

05.06.2014 11:03:08
Pool G hosts Puerto Rico gear up for World League return

05.06.2014 10:43:40
Heynen brings in new faces for Germany's meeting with France in World League

05.06.2014 10:12:07
Bari prepares for Italy’s World League match against Poland

05.06.2014 09:56:44
Italians head outdoors for World League Rome clash with Poland

04.06.2014 09:59:24
Matt Anderson: a big star with a big heart

04.06.2014 09:05:13
World League preview: favourites under pressure going into week three

03.06.2014 23:38:57
Spain mixing old and young in bid to repeat success of golden era

03.06.2014 17:31:01
Andrea Zorzi: Italy on the right path

03.06.2014 14:35:21
Marcel Gil sets the pace

02.06.2014 16:49:32
World League Week 2 statistical review: Italy, France log double straight-set triumphs

02.06.2014 11:53:15
Social Timeline: World League heats up in week two

02.06.2014 08:51:23
Italy and France continue winning streak in World League

01.06.2014 07:26:43
Serbia do double over Russia; France get third win in World League

31.05.2014 02:20:53
Serbian players take time out to visit schoolchildren, orphans in Nis

31.05.2014 01:55:11
Sammelvuo hopes younger players will boost Finns in World League