Though they were missing their outstanding setter Frauke Dirickx – who had left the group on Sunday on a honeymoon trip – the home side did show great quality in reception right from the start to ease up the work of young setter Ilka Van de Vyver who could power up Lore Gillis and Hélène Rousseaux (pictured) in offense. Angie Bland also followed up on the good performances delivered against Serbia and Germany to help her side go for a well-deserved 3:0 win.
“We did lose focus in the third set and our quality dropped down in serve and reception. However, as we trailed 17:19, we regrouped and decided not to lose that set to finish the weekend on a high note” says Freya Aelbrecht.
“Before the start of this leg I bet none could believe we would be the leaders of the Pool after the first round. However, we still have a lot to learn”.
“Belgium is simply too strong for us at this stage but this is the third consecutive game where we missed out on the opportunity to win at least one set” was the short comment given by Israel’s head coach Arie Selinger.
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