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OQT M: Dutch team narrowly escape defeat to Korea, USA beat Belgium in 4

by WoV
source: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com; Photo: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com

The Netherlands narrowly escaped a defeat to South Korea in Pool B of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball International Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: 3-2 (23-25, 25-27, 26-24, 25-20, 15-12).

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)



In 2 hours and 48 minutes of a play, the Netherlands saved face in front of own crowd in Rotterdam. The Dutch side was 2 sets down and remained without its major star Nimir Abdel-Aziz who got injured at the end of 3rd set and was replaced by Wouter ter Maat.

Also, after being 2 sets behind rivals, the Netherlands head coach Roberto Piazza introduced 2 players from the bench, that usually start, Maarten van Garderen and Robbert Andringa. It paid off to the Italian expert as these 2 players created a comeback for “Oranje“.

Thijs ter Horst and Nimir Abdel-Aziz finished the match with 16 points apiece, with the latter making 5 kill blocks, just as Fabian Plak. Park Chul-Woo scored 19 points for Korea.



Pool B favorites No.1, the USA, recorded a 4-set victory over Belgium. The North Americans were more focused than the rivals in the game overall, committing 10 unforced errors less (21).

Aaron Russell led the United States’ way to the win with 17 points. Tomas Rousseaux scored 12 points for the “Red Dragons“.

FIVB Men’s Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 1:

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):

Brazil – Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19)

Egypt – Bulgaria 1-3 (11-25, 31-33, 25-19, 19-25)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):

Netherlands – South Korea 3-2 (23-25, 25-27, 26-24, 25-20, 15-12)

Belgium vs. USA 1-3 (20-25, 19-25, 25-17, 18-25)

POOL C (Bari, Italy):

Australia – Serbia 1-3 (28-26, 19-25, 19-25, 30-32)

Italy – Cameroon 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):

Poland – Tunisia 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-19)

France – Slovenia 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-23)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):

Iran – Cuba 3-2 (23-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 15-10)

Russia – Mexico 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-17)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):

China – Finland 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23)

Canada – Argentina 1-3 (23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 23-25)




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Pluto August 10, 2019 - 6:38 am

What kinda of injury did Nimir Abdel-Aziz suffer?


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