Azerbaijan co-hosted the last EuroVolley tournament where they finished fourth place, matching their achievements from 2005. They lost the semi-final that year to the Netherlands who went on to take silver. The Dutch side have participated 27 times in EuroVolley competitions, finishing top of the podium in 1995.
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach 2
AZE's Marharyta AZIZOVA hit the ball
AZE's Krystsina YAGUBOVA dig the ball
AZE's celebrate the point
NED's celebrate the match
Oranje romp to victory over Azerbaijan
The president of CEV, Mr Aleksandar BORICIC has arrived to Papp László Sportaréna and watched the game between Azerbaijan and The Netherlands from the stands. Jamie MORRISON, head coach of the Dutch team made four changes in starting lineup, this time nominating Robin DE KRUIJF and Lonneke SLÖETJES in the starting six. Once, Giovanni CAPRARA (AZE) started the game without Polina RAHIMOVA who scored 38 points two years ago, when the two teams met in the semi-final of EuroVolley (then the Netherlands won 3-2). In the first set the Netherlands were almost flawless, made only 5 mistakes, winning the opening set easily. In the next part Azerbaijan fought hard, making only one error during the whole set, but in the decisive part the Dutch team outspiked their opponent, mainly thanks to the attacks from Robin DE KRUIJF, who had then 89% of efficiency in this element (80% in the match). The Azerians saved three set points, but the Netherlands closed this set on their favour in front of the loud group of the Dutch fans. In the third set The Netherlands showed powerful blocks and closed the game in 78 minutes. Lonneke SLÖETJES (NED) scored match-high 18 points, Nika DAALDEROP (NED), Anne BUIJS (NED) and Odina ALIYEVA (AZE) had 13 each.
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 AZERBAIJAN compared to THE NETHERLANDS.
AZERBAIJAN number of service aces compared to THE NETHERLANDS
Errors leading to points of AZERBAIJAN, next to those from THE NETHERLANDS
Jamie MORRISON, head coach of the Netherlands:
"Azerbaijan is a good volleyball team so I'm happy with the win, especially happy with the first set. We played how we wanted to, what we talked about last few weeks. We were aggressive, end of the 3rd set we played 'not to lose' and this is not what I want. Hopefully we learn from that and use that on the tournament."
“There are a lot of things to do better, but we controlled the game in many moments. It’s good to feel the joy of the game, but in some moments we let it go. I’m a little bit disappointed that we didn’t keep up the level in the entire match. At the end we won, and 3-0 is always good.”
outside hitter of the Netherlands
Giovanni CAPRARA, head coach of Azerbaijan:
"We played bad today and against Croatia as well. Against the Netherlands we improved a little bit our game, but we had too many own mistakes: in the third set, during the last point we made four stupid mistakes. We will try to play better against Hungary tomorrow."