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men s Olympic Games 2004 - Match Descriptive

Match descriptive

Netherlands beat Russia 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 17-25, 27-25, 18-16) - duration 2:03
15-Aug, start time: 11:00, end time: 13:03 - Attendance: 2'060
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Dutch upset Russians in thriller
Atlanta champions the Netherlands upset Russia 3-2 in a thrilling match decided by a tiebreaker (25-23, 19-25, 17-25, 27-25, 18-16) on the opening day of the men's Volleyball competition.

After Poland had upset 2000 champions Serbia and Montenegro in the opening game it was time for another boilover.

The first set of the match was a point-by-point battle. Whenever one team took the lead, the other managed to respond. With Russia ahead 23-22, the Netherlands stopped two Russian attacks. Then Rob BONTJE came off the bench to join a triple block to stop Alexander KOSAREV's spike, allowing the Dutch to tie the score 23-23. Two great aces by Jeroen TROMMEL then sealed the victory for the Netherlands, 25-23.

The class of the Russian team was for all to see in the second set. The tired Dutch never found a way to stop the spikes of Stanislav DINEYKIN and Serguey TETYUKHIN and as a result Russia sailed to an easy win, 25-19.

The pattern continued in the third set. Good blocking and attacking by the Russians, together with the Netherlands failure to find new ways to attack allowed the Russians to take the set 25-17.

In the fourth set, two serve-faults by the Dutch helped the Russians to reach 20 points (20-18) first before a magnificent ace by Jeroen TROMMEL tied the match, 22-22. Two faults by the Russian team - Alexey KULESHOV's fault serve and DINEYKIN's fault spike - seemed to give the Netherlands the last word. But both teams continued the thriller: 24-24, 25-25 when finally a block from Richard SCHUIL and KOSAREV's spike out of the lines clinched the victory for the Dutch, 27-25, to send the match to a tiebreak.

In the tiebreak, rally by rally, point by point, both teams were desperate to grab the win. The score rose 14-14, 15-15, 16-16 before Guido GORTZEN's serve-ace and KOSAREV's spike out pulled out a tremendous victory for the Dutch.

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