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Formidable Belgians annihilate Mexico in straight sets

Belgian players celebrate their straight-sets victory over Mexico

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 5, 2009 – After registering straight two wins over the USA and Japan, the European champions Belgium continued their unbeatable form in their last Pool D round-robin preliminary match to thrash Mexico 25-21 26-24 25-18.
 The Belgian girls did not diminish their appetite for success on the court. They opened up with fierce attacks and marched on their aggression to the end. Powerful Lise van Hecke, who led the team with 61 points including 53 kills and five stuff blocks, shone through her exceptional skills to tear the Mexican defence apart with her devastating spikes and help her team take the 22-20 lead for good. Despite a strong challenge from Mexico, Belgium rolled on their spiking rhythm to win the close set 25-21.
 Mexico recovered fast in the second set, which they led 20-17 and widened the gap to 24-19. They needed only one more point to take the set, but the Belgians were just never say die. They made every part of the game well. With Hecke spiking cross-court aggressively, Belgium gradually pulled their game together to close the margin at 24-24 and stormed on to clinch the hard-fought set 26-24. For such a great form, Belgium  received a great applause from local fans at the competing venue.
 Hecke remained the main weapon of Belgium in the third set when she uncorked a barrage of thundering spikes at the post to help her team wrap up the set with ease 25-18 and the match.





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