Orange ladies walk over Danish squad with absolute ease
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, September 7, 2012. As expected, the opening match of the second round European qualifier taking place in Apeldoorn was a walk-over for the home team. Within one hour and seven minutes the Netherlands finished their match against Denmark in straight sets (25-12, 25-11, and 25-9). “It is hard to start against a team that gives so little opposition. Tomorrow, against Ukraine, we expect to play a true match”, said Dutch coach Gido Vermeulen afterwards.
In the opening set, Denmark only kept track in the first phase (4:3). At the second technical time-out, the margin was ten points already for the home side. With Robin de Kruijf on service position, the home team scored seven points in a row (24:11) and the famous fast attack of Caroline Wensink ended the first set.
In the second act, the Netherlands already led by seven points at the first obligatory time-out. The Danish women had no answer to the solid and quick play of the Dutch. A long rally was closed by a well-placed spike of Manon Flier (14:3), who started in the Dutch base today after a period of absence. Every point the Danish scored was celebrated loudly, even the two smashed out balls of the Netherlands (19:7). De Kruijf brought the Dutch their set point which was cashed by setter Kim Staelens.
With Laura Dijkema on serve, the team of Vermeulen walked from 3:2 to 12:3 in set 3. Danish coach Sven-Erik Lauridsen utilized his second time out at 12:2 already, but it did not sort the effect he hoped for. With four Dutch substitute players between the lines, the Dutch train kept on running and Staelens ended the match with a direct service point.
The second match of the European Championship qualification tournament on Dutch ground was an easy prey for Ukraine. In straight sets, the Eastern-European women defeated Greece: 25-11, 25-14, 25-17, thus taking the second place of the ranking after the first tournament day.
In the opening phase of the first set, Ukraine immediately created a gap (9:4) that had grown out to nine points at the second technical time-out. Though the Greek women worked hard, the margin grew steadily towards the end of the first act. At 24:10 Ukraine had its first set point, but Eva Chantava prevented the set to end directly. A few seconds later, however, an out spiked ball of Anthi Vasilantonaki was the closure of the one-sided opening of the second match in Apeldoorn.
Ukraine reached the second technical time-out in the next act with a lead of eleven points. Ukraine scored almost out of every attack, whereas the Greek had to use all their energy to keep the Mikasa from falling on their playing ground (20:7). Greece knew a small revival towards the end of the second set (22:9, 22:12), but after 44 minutes of play, Ukraine led with 2-0 in sets.
In the third act, a surprising spike through the centre of the most experienced Greek Eleni Kiosi brought the lead to the team of coach Dimitrios Floros for the first time in the match (3:4). At the first technical time-out however, Ukraine had already taken back the lead. By the hand of the frequently scoring Nadiia Kodola, the East-Europeans built out the margin to five points (14:9). That gap stayed intact up to 20:15, when Ukraine accelerated again. Kodola spiked in the match point (24:15), before the third one was cashed.
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