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Lazcano spikes over The Netherlands in Belgium

Leuven, Belgium, August 1, 2014 - The Netherlands keep showing that they stand one level higher in their Pool with four victories out of four matches without losing a single set topping their group with ideal scoring. As on the final match of the first weekend of the Intercontinental Round in Puerto Rico, their rival was the Argentine Seniors' Las Panteras that were defeated 0-3 (20-25, 18-25, 12-25). Argentina will face this Saturday Canada at 11.40 Argentine time - one of the rivals of the third weekend in Argentina.

The Netherland team shows every time more confidence and Argentina fought and tried different combinations that did not work well against the powerful European team. For the light blue -- White team the inclusión of Yamila Nizetich, recovering from an injury is a good sign for the third weekend as she played one a half sets finishing as the best South American scorer with 10 rallies.

The top scorer of the match was Anne Buijs (NED) with 16 rallies while their captain, Robin De Kruijf scored in the middle of the net 11 rallies.

In Pool L Las Panteras will face Canada that together with Cuba and Peru will play at the new state-of-the-arts Lomas de Zamora stadium August 8th - 10th on the last weekend of the Intercontinental Round.

Press Conference:

Anne Buijs: “A collective win”

“Nice to be back in this town, where I lived during one year, when I played for Asterix Kieldrecht, the Belgian champion,” Anne Buijs said after the game. With 16 points she was the topscorer of the game. “But it was especially a good team result,” she told us. “In the first set we were a bit nervous and we played a bit under pressure. We played the last game in Puerto Rico against this team and they were a lot stronger there. Today they made too many faults and we served well, so at the end it was easier as we expected.”

Paula Nizetich: “We let them play too much”

Argentinean captain Paula Nizetich played a good game and served well. “But that was not enough,” she knew. “We started well, we tried to score as we saw it on the video and as the coach told us. But today, we made too many individual mistakes, our serves were not good enough and starting from the second set, we let them play too much and that is ‘not done’ against a powerful team as the Netherlands. We hope to play much better against Canada tomorrow.”

Coach Gido Vermeulen: “We played on a higher level from the second set”

Dutch coach Gido Vermeulen was pleased by the victory of his team. “We started frustrated when some attacks didn’t work as we expected. We had to fight against ourselves. But from the beginning of the second set we played on our normal level. Free. Not frustrated anymore with a lot of power and good serves of Pietersen. You saw the result.”

Coach Guillermo Orduna: “We played better last week”

“Not pleased at all,” said Argentinean coach Guillermo Orduna. We played the Netherlands last week in Puerto Rico and there we played much better. We made too many easy faults, especially in attack and in serve. It seemed as we had not enough concentration and focus on the game. The result was that we were not efficient enough. Tomorrow we hope to show more against Canada.”

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