At the men’s volleyball world championship, which takes place in Poland and Slovenia, the playoff matches continue. On Monday, September 5, the national teams of the Netherlands and Ukraine will meet in the 1/8 final match in Ljubljana.
The Dutch national team is rightfully one of the best teams in the world. In terms of strength, it is quite possible to compare with Serbia, with which our team met in the same group. It is not for nothing that these teams currently occupy neighboring places in the world rankings, respectively 12 and 11.
In this tournament, the Netherlands team was first seeded into Group F. Here they defeated Egypt 3:0, Argentina 3:2 and in the decisive third match they defeated Iran 3:1. As a result, with 8 points, the Dutch volleyball players took first place in the group.
If we take it in terms of personal indicators, then the main character in the attack in the Netherlands, of course, is the diagonal Abdelaziz Nimir. In the match with Egypt, he scored 21 points, against the Argentines he had 32 points and in the game with Iran another 32 points. Imagine – 85 points in 3 matches!
Of course, there are other strong performers. These are, first of all, the setter Wessel Kimink, the players Tees Ter Horse and Benny Junior Tuinstra, the central blockers Fabian Plak and Michael Parkinson, as well as the libero Robert Andringa. It is these volleyball players that form the backbone of the Netherlands national team and each of these performers must be treated with respect and very seriously.
Wards of Ugis Krastiņš also had a strong group stage. Even in the match with Serbia, lost 0:3, they looked quite good. They obviously didn’t have enough experience, especially at the end of the first game, when our volleyball players couldn’t convert three set points. But in the games with Tunisia (3:0) and Puerto Rico (3:1), the Ukrainians were much stronger than their rivals and rightfully deserved the second place in group A.
Recall that shortly before the start of the World Cup, the Ukrainian team played control matches with teams from the top ten. Then she lost to Poland, and on its site with the support of local fans only with a score of 2:3, and won against Iran 3:1. Yes, of course, you can make allowances for the fact that friendly matches are difficult to compare with official ones, especially such as the World Cup. But, on the other hand, let’s remember that the Ukrainian volleyball players did not hesitate in front of eminent rivals. And as their head coach said, the time has come when his wards are no longer afraid of anyone.
I would like to hope that our volleyball players will find something to oppose to the main scorer of the Dutch Nimir. And in general, the main part of the Ukrainian team, and this, first of all, Oleg Plotnitsky, Yuriy Semenyuk, Ilya Kovalev, Maxim Drozd, Dmitry Kanaev, Vitaly Shchitkov, Vasyl Tupchiy and others will be able to create difficulties for strong opponents. If the game goes according to our scenario, then we can count on a positive outcome.
The teams have already played each other in the World Cup. It was already back in 1998, when Ukraine for the first and only time spoke at a world forum. So, then both teams ended up in Group C at the first stage. The Netherlands defeated our team with a score of 3:0 (by the way, then the game lasted up to 15 points scored) – 15:8, 15:10 and 15:7. In the second group stage, the rivals again had to sort things out. And again the Dutch won, now with a score of 3:1 (14:16, 15:11, 15:8, 16:14). As a result, at that tournament the Netherlands took 6th place, and Ukraine – 10th.
The match will last five games, and the winner will be determined in a tie-break. We believe that it will be the national team of Ukraine.
September 5, Monday
Netherlands – Ukraine Ljubljana (Slovenia). 18:30 TV broadcast on UNIAN TV channel NETHERLANDS – UKRAINE. ONLINE BROADCAST OF THE MATCH Forecast Sport.ua — 2:3