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Poland beat Netherlands 3-0 (28-26, 25-23, 25-14) - duration 1:13
14-Sep, start time: 11:00, end time: 12:13 - Attendance: 2,300
Poland beat The Netherlands 3-0 (28-26 25-23 25-14)
Hoping for the possible best outcome in the championship, European champions Poland came aggressively to take the 4-1 lead in the first set. Holland, also seeking their pride after they lost their crucial first match in the championship to China in the semi-finals, gradually pulled their games together and stormed back mightily. Talented Manon Flier, who still led the team with 129 points from 95 kills, 16 stuff blocks and 18 ace serves punctured the Polish defence apart to catch the rivals at 6-all before moving ahead 18-12. As Holland temporarily lost their touch and became more prone to their spiking errors, Poland grabbed the chance, roaring back to reduce the gap at 17-20, catch the rivals at 24-all before clinching the see-saw first set 28-26.

Both teams continued their fierce attack in the second set, but it seemed Poland proved a cut above The Netherlands which saw the former lead the latter at the early stage. The Netherlands from then regained their composure to grab the lead for good at 20-19. However, the Poles blunted the rivals' challenge to meet them again at 21-all, thanks to Izabela Zebrowska's fast spikes and deceptive drops over the net. As leading commandingly 24-22, Poland allowed their rivals one more point to trail narrowly at 23-24. However, as the game was closely contested, The Netherlands could not maintain their concentration. Nynke Westra produced an error-filled serve which saw the ball go to the net. Poland took the second set 25-23.

Poland still gained the upper hand to lead 14-10 in the third set. Despite putting up a fierce fight, it seemed The Netherlands proved no match against the much stronger rivals. They made too many spiking, receiving and serving mistakes to trail in vain 13-22. Poland captured the lop-sided set 25-14, the match and the third place in the championship.