Netherlands claim victory in three sets


The Netherlands are away to Finland in World League Week 7

Espoo, Finland, June 26, 2015 – The Netherlands were at their best for two sets and Finland struggled with their sideout attacks. In the third set, both teams put up a good fight, but after three set balls Finland had to concede defeat 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 28-26).

The Netherlands went into their FIVB Volleyball World League Pool E match away to Finland tonight having won seven of their eight matches against the Finns in this competition. The Dutch had also defeated Finland twice in Week 6 of this season's competition, 3-0 and 3-1.

The Dutch rapidly took a five-point lead in the first set, leading 9-4, then 12-5 and 15-7. Despite a second Technical Timeout at 16-7, Finland were unable to break coach Gido Vermeulen's team's forward momentum. The set ended at 25-15.

The second set saw the Finns put up more of a fight, with Eemi Tervaportti and Urpo Sivula levelling scores at 15-all. The Netherlands kept the edge, however, putting in an effective block to lead 23-18 and take the set at 25-20.

In the third and final set, Finland coach Tuomas Sammelvuo's men were neck and neck with the Dutch throughout, neither team able to take a significant advantage. The Finns had a set ball at 24-23, but it was the Netherlands who claimed the match a few points later.

Read the match text commentary here.


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