Brazil, Netherlands Post Sweeps to Set Up Epic Thursday Battle

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 30th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, Brazilian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball


  • May 29-31, 2018
  • Omnisport Apeldoorn (Capacity: 2,000) | Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • Time Zone: GMT + 2
  • World Rankings: #4 Brazil, #8 Netherlands, #10 South Korea, #22 Poland
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
29 May 16:30 South Korea  1–3  Brazil 11–25 14–25 33–31 20–25 78–106 P2 P3
29 May 19:30 Netherlands  3–0  Poland 25–22 25–22 27–25 77–69 P2 P3
30 May 16:30 Poland  0–3  Brazil 20–25 20–25 23–25 63–75 P2 P3
30 May 19:30 Netherlands  3–0  South Korea 25–18 25–10 25–12 75–40

Brazil def. Poland 3-0

  • Brazil def. Poland 25-20, 25-20, 25-23
  • Brazil moved to 7-1 (21 points); Poland moved to 2-6 (5 points)

Four Brazilian players turned in double-digit scoring efforts as Brazil owned the net in a sweep of Poland on Wednesday.

Tandara Caixeta led the way with a 21 points, all on kills, while Ana Carolina Da Silva (14), Amanda Francisco (11) and Ana Beatriz Correa (10) followed. Francisco notched 11 kills, while Da Silva added 10 putaways and a team-leading four blocks. Correa chipped in eight putdowns and two stuffs. Adenizia Da Silva had the night off.

Malwina Smarzek and Agnieszka Kakolewska guided the Polish side with 18 and 10 points respectively. Smarzek accounted for 17 kills and an ace, while Kakolewska added seven putaways, two blocks and an ace. Natalia Medrzyk (8), Martyna Grajber (7) and Zuzanna Efimienko-Mlotkowska (5) rounded out the scoring. Medrzyk downed eight kills, while Grajber and Eimienko-Mlotkowska tallied six and five respectively.

Brazil outdid Poland in kills (55-43) and blocks (7-3), while trailing its foes 2-0 in aces and 14-12 in points off errors.

Poland led at the first technical timeout of Set 1, but a balanced offensive attack put the Brazilians in front and kept them just ahead for the remainder of the 25-20 win, which was sealed on a Smarzek service error.

The teams played to a 10-all tie in Set 2 before Brazil pulled away, leading by four at 21-17 as Caixeta chipped in a pair of kills. Another Caixeta putaway gave the Brazilians a set-point try en route to a 25-20 win.

Poland took the early lead for the third straight set, going up 8-6 in Set 3. Brazil again found a rally in its pocket with Ana Da Silva and Tandara pacing the team to a 16-14 advantage. A service error clinched Brazil the 25-23 win and the sweep.


Netherlands def. South Korea 3-0

  • Netherlands defeated South Korea 25-18, 25-10, 25-12
  • Netherlands moved to 7-1 (20 points); South Korea moved to 4-4 (11 points)

South Korea was overmatched in every facet of the game as the Netherlands nearly doubled their point tally (75-40) in a sweep.

The Dutch boasted the advantage in kills (36-23), blocks (8-5) and aces (13-3), and also had help from 17 points off of errors (to 10 of their own).

Lonneke Sloetjes scored a match-high 16 points with 14 kills and two blocks. Anne Buijs added in 10 points on eight kills, a block and an ace. Tessa Polder served up five of the team’s 13 aces en route to an eight-point tally. Nicole Koolhaas led the team at the net with three blocks to go with two aces. Laura Dijkema chipped in three aces. The Dutch picked up the dominant win despite resting Celeste Plak, Yvon Belien, Maret Balkestein-Balkestein and libero Kirsten Knip.

Jeongah Park managed seven points to lead South Korea, all on kills. Four players – Juhyang Kim, Heejin Kim, Sohwi Kang and Eunjin Park – added four point efforts. Juhyang Kim and Kang notched four kills apiece, while Park added two kills and two blocks and Heejin Kim posted two kills, a block and an ace. Korea utilized 12 of its 14 players in the match, but could not get past the Dutch.

The Netherlands jumped out to a 4-0 lead in Set 1, only to see Koreans rally to take a 12-11 lead of their own. That sparked a Dutch onslaught, as Buijs and Sloetjes rained down kills in the 25-18 victory.

The home side scored the first four points of Set 2 and soon boasted an 11 point lead en route to the 25-10 drubbing.

Set 3 again was nearly all Netherlands as Sloetjes and Plak put the hosts up 11-3. It was a 10-point game at 20-10 and the Dutch ended the match on a 5-2 run to close out the crushing sweep.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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