Netherlands top pool C after beating Portugal in straight sets
Jeroen Rauwerdink spiked brilliantly against Portugal|
Netherlands, June 23, 2013 – The Netherlands beat Portugal 3-0 (36-34, 25-23,
25-22) in their second FIVB World League match of the weekend on Sunday.
The Dutch, who had been beaten 3-2 by Portugal in
the same venue on Saturday, began with intent, creating an early three point gap.
Powerful serving from Nimir Abdel-aziz and spiking by Jelte Maan put them
further ahead, causing Portuguese coach Flavio Gulinelli to call for his first
timeout. It helped, as Portugal battled back to 17-16, and the Portuguese
eventually got the first set point. But the two teams traded points furiously,
neither able to get two ahead. Jeroen Rauwerdink made an incredible save, and in
front of an excited crowd, two great Niels Klapwijk serves finally won the
Dutch the set, 36-34.
Portugal looked stronger at the start of set two,
leading 9-8, but the Netherlands once again edged ahead. A fantastic save from Portuguese
libero Joao Coelho stood out, but the Netherlands kept in front and eventually
won the set 25-23.
The third set was more straightforward for the
Netherlands, who got 8-4 ahead, with Abdel-aziz and Thomas Koeleman standing
out. Portugal made too many errors, and Rauwerdink’s flying spikes stretched the
lead. Portugal fought hard, but Nico Freriks helped the Dutch get to match
point and shut out the win, 25-22.
Niels Klapwijk was top scorer in the match with
14 points. Alexandre Ferreira scored 12 points for Portugal.
Netherlands are now top of pool C with 13 points.
Portugal are in fourth place with seven points.
2,700 spectators watched the match at the
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