15. 10. 2018

WCH 2018 W: The Dutch girls dethrone USA, amazing display of Lonneke Sloetjes

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The Netherlands have advanced to the semifinals of the Women's Volleyball World Championship after beating the reigning champions the United States.

 

The Dutch girls had to work very hard to reach this victory as they were down by two sets! 

After losing the first set after a long battle, the Netherlands lost its confidence, which had a huge influence on a performance in the second set. The Dutch side almost surrendered to allow the USA to double the lead.

However, it all has begun as of the start of the third set. It seemed like the girls from the United States already started thinking about the semifinals, which the Netherlands used, firstly to extend the game, afterwards to force the tie-break and to win a game.

With this victory, the USA won't be able to defend the crown, as China and the Netherlands are advancing to the semifinals. It's now up to them, in their final clash to decide who will go to the semis from the top spot, and who will play against the first placed team in the other Pool.

The Dutch relied on Sloetjes for their first victory over USA in a major world competition since 2007. 

Lonneke Sloetjes had an amazing performance, finishing the game with 38 points. She was simply unstoppable in key moments. Celeste Plak has contributed with 16 points. On the other side, Michele Hackley had 17 points, while Karsta Lowe added 15, Rachael Adams 13 and Foluke Akinradewo 12.

The third stage, Pool H:

Netherlands - USA 3-2 (30-32, 15-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-9)

First game:

China – USA  3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-9)

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