Orange ladies wrap it up in Apeldoorn with yet another 3:0 win
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, September 9, 2012. Though the Dutch Volleyball women knew a false start in the first two sets of their last match of the European Championship qualification round in Apeldoorn, the squad of Gido Vermeulen did not lose a set in the end. The number 3 of Pool B, Greece, was sent home with a 25-20, 25-23 and 25-13. “Greece did not start well in this tournament, but grew up in the last two days. They put pressure on us with their services in the first two sets. In the closing set, we managed to put the pressure on them and that directly sorted result. We leave to Ukraine next week with the best possible result, and that gives us a lot of confidence”, stated Vermeulen after the match.
After a 1:6 arrear, an ace of Laura Dijkema, who was honored for her 100 caps before the start of the match, brought the lead to the home team for the first time (7:6). Via an ace of Evangelia Chantava, Greece reached a lead of 8:11. A few minutes later, Dijkema managed to even the score again (17:17), after which the women in orange created a margin that was steadily built out. Team captain Debby Stam-Pilon finished the first act with a fierce smash.
After an arrear of four points (1:5), the Dutch approached again and after two unforced Greek errors, the Netherlands reached the first technical time-out with a two-point lead. At 17:15, Dijkema was substituted by Kim Staelens, but she could not prevent the Greek from coming back and detaining the lead up to 22:23. Two strong services of Pietersen who scored 17 points today, brought the home team to their first set point, Greek libero Eirini Kelesidou unwillingly ended the second set.
In the closing act, the Netherlands managed to put pressure on Greece immediately. Within a few minutes, the scoreboard displayed 13:1. The “Orange” side clearly found back the rhythm it had displayed against Ukraine. At 15:4 Quinta Steenbergen substituted Wensink, at 7:18 Vermeulen brought in Angelique Vergeer for his team captain. The margin was never less than nine points, and a Greek ball on the net finally ended the last match of the European qualifier in Apeldoorn.
Though the Danish women cashed their first set win today on the last day of action for the European qualifier – Pool B in Apeldoorn, it was Ukraine that won the opening match. After four sets, the runner up in the group left the playing field as the overall match winner: (3:1; 25-12, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-12).
Ukraine did what they were to do in the first set. The margin was six points already at the first obligatory time-out and had grown out to eleven points at the second one (5:16). With Juliane Daugaard on service position, the Danish women managed to score three points in a row (6:19, 9:19), but finally Maryna Marchenko gave her side a series of set balls, after which Galyna Shchur finished the job.
Denmark took a cheeky lead in the opening phase of the second act (3:0), an ace of Lykke Degner brought 6:3 on the scoreboard. When Julie Jensen was able to serve from 6:4 to 12:4, Ukrainian coach Andriy Romanovych furiously called his team on the side. Ukraine was clearly struggling, whereas the Danish women cheerfully played their best set in Apeldoorn up to then. Still Ukraine managed to even the score at 14, but when libero Viktoriya Delros missed another pass, Denmark led with 17:15. After a block of Danish top scorer Lykke Degner, Romanovych substituted his setter for the second time in the set (20:15). Ukraine managed to take back the lead (22:23), but after another Ukrainian unforced error, it was set point for Denmark (24:23). A well-placed Danish block evened the score in sets.
Denmark opened the score in the third set, but Ukraine immediately took back the lead and walked away from the Danish opponents (4:8). Denmark found the connection again (7:8), but Ukraine clearly had other plans. Via 9:13 and 10:21, the team of Romanovych ended the set in clear numbers: 15-25.
The teams were quite equivalent in the first phase of the fourth set, but when the Ukrainian women marched from 10:12 to 10:15, the Danish resistance seemed to be broken. A block contributed the first of a series of match points for the Eastern Europeans. Trine Kjelstrup unwillingly ended the first match in Apeldoorn today (25-12).
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