The weekend starts with Ukraine playing in the "Orange atmosphere", in what is a crucial game for them and the higher-ranked Dutch side.
"I think it is different playing as a defensive libero, you can play with more energy. It will be a tough game against Ukraine, but we can as a team."
Libero of The Netherlands
First RefereeKonstantinos VOUDOURISGRESecond RefereeRoy GORENISR
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Ter Horst Pass
The Dutch team celebrating
Dutch triple block
The Netherlands proves to be clutch as they beat Ukraine, despite two tight sets
The start from organizer The Netherlands is perfect so far. The team playing in orange booked their second victory in pool D by beating Ukraine 3-0. The match was much closer than the 3-0 score suggested. Ukraine was playing very strong, especially in the first two sets. The team led by head coach Ugis Krastins earned setpoints in both the first and second set, although they didn’t cash in the sets. The Netherlands could count once again on their captain Nimir Abdelaziz, who scored 21 points today, including decisive aces at the end of the second and the third set. Also, Thijs ter Horst played strong, putting 16 points on the score sheet. After the match, the team led by head coach Roberto Piazza was already looking forward to the big match against World Champion Poland on Sunday, in a sold-out (11.000 spectators) Rotterdam Ahoy stadium.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of UKRAINE compared to THE NETHERLANDS.
UKRAINE number of service aces compared to THE NETHERLANDS
Errors leading to points of UKRAINE, next to those from THE NETHERLANDS