2018 FIVB WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE – WEEK 2/POOL 5
- May 22-24, 2018
- Sky Hall Toyota | Toyota, Japan
- Time Zone: UTC +09:00
- World Rankings: #2 USA, #6 Japan, #8 Netherlands, #13 Belgium
|Date||Time||Score||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5||Total||Report|
|22 May||15:40||Belgium||2–3||Netherlands||25–21||19–25||25–23||29–31||10–15||108–115||P2 P3|
|22 May||19:10||Japan||0–3||United States||20–25||16–25||23–25||59–75||P2 P3|
|23 May||15:40||Netherlands||0–3||United States||19–25||21–25||23–25||63–75||P2 P3|
|23 May||19:10||Japan||3–0||Belgium||25–19||25–20||25–19||75–58||P2 P3|
|24 May||15:40||Belgium||0–3||United States||11–25||18–25||17–25||46–75||P2 P3|
Netherlands def. Japan 3-0
- Netherlands defeated Japan 25-18, 25-18, 25-21
- Netherlands moved to 5-1 (15 points); Japan moved to 2-4 (6 points)
The Netherlands bounced back from its Wednesday loss to the United States with a crushing blocking effort against Japan on Thursday, en route to a sweep.
The Dutch put up 14 blocks (to 4) and also kept the Japanese off balance with six aces (to 1) in the win. The Netherlands also outdid Japan offensively (42-36 in kills).
Lonneke Sloetjes, Yvon Belien and Anne Buijs turned in double-digit scoring efforts to pace the team. Sloetjes notched 14 points (13 kills, 1 ace), Belien added 13 (10 kills, 3 blocks) and Buijs registered 12 (8 kills, 3 blocks, 1 ace). Nicole Koolhaas chipped in nine points, including a match-high four blocks alongside Britt Bongaerts.
Risa Shinnabe and Ai Kurogo put up 10 points apiece to lead Japan. Kurogo posted a team-best 10 kills, while Shinnabe added eight putaways and the team’s lone ace and Yuko Ishii notched seven terminations.
The Dutch jumped out to a 9-3 lead in Set 1 and carried it on to victory, sealing it on a stuff by Koolhaas and Bongaerts. The Netherlands pulled away late in Set 2, but again wrapped up the stanza at the net, this time with Belien issuing the denial. Japan battled in Set 3 as Ishii returned to the lineup after sitting out Set 2, but could not find an answer for the much taller Dutch side.