The Netherlands made a winning start to their World Championship qualifiers
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 22, 2017 – Hosts the Netherlands, Belgium and Bulgaria enjoyed victories as the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, Japan 2018 CEV European Qualifiers started on Tuesday.
It is the third and final round of European qualifications for the 2018 edition of the Women’s World Championship and runs from August 22-27 at the Topsport Centrum in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The teams play each other once in a round-robin format and the winners and runners-up will qualify for Japan 2018. Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, Azerbaijan and Germany have already booked their places in the World Championship, which runs from September 29-October 20, 2018.
The Netherlands didn’t hang around against Greece and quickly wrapped up a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-18) in 74 minutes.
Despite their dominance Greece’s Anthi Vasilantonaki led scoring with 16 points, while the Dutch were led by Robin De Krujif, who scored 15 points.
Bulgaria defeated Slovenia 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22) thanks to wing spiker Gergana Dimitrova, who led scoring for the victors with 15 points.
Belgium needed to work hard to see off the Czech Republic 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-11) in 139 minutes.
Lise van Hecke led the way for Gert Vande Broek’s team with 27 points and in doing so led scoring in the match. The Czech Republic’s Aneta Kocmanova Havlikova was close behind with 24 points.
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