Dutch Women Roll Through Italian Reserves Lineup on Day 2 of Rabobank

  0 Braden Keith | August 08th, 2018 | European volleyball, International Volleyball, News


The hosts from Holland won their 2nd-straight match this week on Wednesday, while Russia picked up their 1st on day 2 of the Rabobank Super Series in Hoogeveen.

In the first match, Russia beat Turkey 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-15, 26-24, 16-14). Turkey has now lost both of their matches after taking a silver medal in the Volleyball Nations League earlier this summer.

For Russia, Irina Voronkova was the leader with 21 kills on 18/35 hitting, supported by outside hitter Ksenia Parubets, who had 16 points on 16/28 hitting.

Russia went down 0-2 before fighting back for the victory.

Russia vs. Italy Point tallies:

Russia: Romanova 1, Lyubushkina 3, Fetisova 16, Voronkova 21 (attack 18/35), Small 2, Parubets 16 (attack 16/28), Talysheva (l), Galkina (l), Krotkova, Koroleva 12 (aces 4) , N. Goncharova 5, Startseva 1, Kotikova 9 (attack 8/16). Did not play: E.Efimova, Kutyukova.

Turkey full tallies unavaialable. Karakurt scored 27, on 22/41 hitting; Sahin scored 14, on 14/26 hitting, Ismailogli scored 13, and Gunes scored 12

In the 2nd game of the evening, the Dutch thrilled their home crowd again, sweeping Italy behind 11 from middle blocker Yvon Belien. A balanced attack saw 4 Dutch players score 8-or-more points, but none more than 11. That includes 8 from hitter Celeste Plak, who started the match on the bench.

Dutch coach Jamie Morrison started Juliet Lohuis at middle in place of Nicole Koolhaas as the Dutch continue to try and shore up the middle as they await the return of Robin de Kruijf to the lineup. Otherwise, the Netherlands used the same lineup as they did on Tuesday.

Italy, however, went with a substitute-heavy lineup, starting 7 new players (including the libero) on Wednesday as compared to their 3-1 win over Russia. The team’s best scorer, 19-year old opposite Paola Egonu, didn’t see the court at all in the match, and in fact only outside hitter Lucia Bosetti saw time among the 7 starters (and only in a very limited reserve role).

Serena Ortoloni, the starter at opposite, and Sylvia Nwakalor, off the bench, led Italy with 9 points each.

NETHERLANDS: Grotheus 8, Sloetjes 2, Lohuis 3, Belien 11, Dijekema 1, Buijs 10. Free: Schoot. Plak 8, Bongaerts, Jasper M. 1, Kinp (L), Polder 3. Did not play: Stoltenborg, Daalderop, Koolhaas. Coach: Morrison

ITALY: Pietrini 8, Orro 1, Lubian 4, Mingardi 4, Ortolani 9, Fahr 5. Free: Parish. Nwakalor 9, Bosetti. Did not play: Malinov, Chirichella, Egonu, Danesi, Sylla, De Gennaro. Coach: Mazzanti


Tuesday, August 7 16.30 hours Italy 3 – Russia 1 facebook.com/volleybalnl
Tuesday, August 7 19:00 The Netherlands 3 – Turkey 1 facebook.com/volleybaldames
Wednesday, August 8 16.30 hours Russia 3 – Turkey 2 facebook.com/volleybalnl
Wednesday, August 8 19:00 The Netherlands 3 – Italy 0 Ziggo Sport TV or Pay per view
Thursday, August 9 16.30 hours Turkey – Italy facebook.com/volleybalnl
Thursday, August 9 19:00 Netherlands – Russia Ziggo Sport TV or Pay per view

Video Replays

Russia vs. Turkey:

Russia – Turkey / Rabobank Super Series / Hoogeveen, The Netherlands

Russia – Turkey, Rabobank Super Series tournament in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands (no sound in time-outs and between sets).

Posted by VolleybalNL on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Italy vs. Netherlands replay not available.

Tournament Standings (All 4 Teams Advance to Semi-Finals)

  • Netherlands 2-0 (6 points)
  • Italy 1-1 (3 points)
  • Russia 1-1 (2 points)
  • Turkey 0-2 (1 point)

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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