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EUROVOLLEY 2019 W: Netherlands too strong for Croatia, Balkestein gets injured; Rahimova leads Azerbaijan to 2nd win

by WoV
source: cev.lu; Photo: cev.lu

The National Team of the Netherlands won their third match in Pool C (Budapest, Hungary) at the 2019 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship.




The Netherlands were too strong for Croatia 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-23) on Day 4 of the 2019 EuroVolley to remain undefeated (3-0). The “Oranje“ did not lose a single set so far as well.

The only disappointment for the Dutch side was the injury of Maret Balkestein-Grothues of at the start of the match. The Dutch captain sprained her ankle when she landed on the foot of Sanja Popović-Gamma. The severity of Balkestein-Grothues’ injury is unclear at the moment.

Nika Daalderop was the Dutch most prolific player with 15 points. Samanta Fabris scored 10 for Croatia, making a rather poor attack success rate of 32,1% (9/28).



Polina Rahimova led Azerbaijan to the second win in the tournament. The opposite hitter put down 22 points as her team outplayed co-hosts Hungary in straight sets. Gréta Szakmáry scored 13 points for the losing side.

2019 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, Final Round – Day 4:


France – Serbia 1-3 (19-25, 13-25, 25-17, 23-25)

Turkey – Bulgaria 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 20-25, 25-18)


Italy – Belgium 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-23)

Poland – Ukraine 3-1 (20-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-15)


Netherlands – Croatia 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-23)

Hungary – Azerbaijan 0-3 (21-25, 15-25, 22-25)


Germany – Russia 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 14-25, 15-11)

Slovakia – Belarus 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 16-14)




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