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08/09/2012 18:00
Dutch ladies reign supreme and delight orange crowd in Apeldoorn
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, September 8, 2012. With strong and varying play, the Dutch women today on Saturday their second match of the European Championship qualifier in Apeldoorn without losing a set. Ukraine, the strongest opponent in Pool B, was convincingly defeated with a 25-19, 25-19 and 25-22. “We managed to play our own game the entire match, we never weakened. I am proud of my team”, winning coach Gido Vermeulen stated afterwards.
An impressive smash of Manon Flier brought the home team up 7:6 in the opening set. The Netherlands, with Lonneke Slöetjes at the net, created a slim margin (13:9) but Ukraine managed to even the score. With Debby Stam-Pilon on service position, the home team scored six points in a row, which brought the squad of Vermeulen a series of set points (24:17). An out served ball of Maryna Marchenko was the closing of the first set.
In the second set, a block of Caroline Wensink brought the teams to the first technical time-out (8:6). Ukraine could not get a grip on the quick play of the home team that did not make any unforced errors (13:9). An ace of Dutch setter Laura Dijkema enlarged the margin to six points (15:9). The time-out and substitutions of Ukraine could not stop the Dutch train. The enthusiastic, orange audience in Apeldoorn saw their team march through towards the end of the second set (22:16). Team captain Debby Stam-Pilon brought the Dutch to a set point that was cashed eagerly by Robin de Kruijf.
With Flier and De Kruijf at the net, the women in Orange managed to create a margin of four points in the beginning of the third act (8:4). Dijkema found her attackers without any problem and the Netherlands also scored their blocking and service points (12:8, 16:11). Ukraine came close towards the end of the set (23:22), but two spikes of one of the Dutch top scorers, Slöetjes, ended the match in style.

Greece harvested its first tournament points in the opening match of the second day of the European Championship qualification tournament in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. In 75 minutes, Denmark was defeated in clear numbers: 11-25, 14-25, 14-25.
With Evgenia Tsima on service position, Greece took a quick lead in the opening phase (0:5) that had grown to six points at the first technical time-out. Though Danish coach Sven-Erik Lauridsen called his team on the side for the second time at 2:11, Greece imperturbably kept harvesting its points (5:16). An out spiked ball of Trine Kjelstrup brought the Greek their first set point that was cashed by Tsima with a block (11-25).
In the second act, the score was opened by the Danish team, but Greece quickly took back the lead (1:2). A kill block of Aikaterina Giota and Tsima brought the provisional 11:6 on the scoreboard in Apeldoorn. The squad of head coach Dimitrios Florios led by nine points at the second technical time-out. A long rally that was finished by a well hit spike from the 3 meter line of Lykke Degner was followed by two other Danish points (13:19), before Anthi Vasilantonaki spiked out the second set in favor of the Greek.
After the seven-point arrear at the first technical time-out in the third set, Denmark knew a modest revival (5:10). But then the Greek scored nine points in a row (5:19). With substitute player Mira Abildgaard on service position, Denmark walked from 8:22 to 13:22 before Greek substitute Eleni Konstantinidou had the honor to close the match that brought Greece its first win in Apeldoorn.

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