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03-08-2014

THE HOME TEAM OF BELGIUM DEFEATED ARGENTINA AT THE GRAND PRIX

Lise Van Hecke showing an outstanding output

Leuven, Belgium, August 3, 2014 – The host team of the second weekend of the World Grand Prix overcame Argentina, first in a very fought set and then with advantage and dreams on the next phase. The final result was 0-3 (26-28, 16-25, 19-25).

It is not completely sure, but after the 0-3 victory of the Belgian team against Argentina a place in the Final Four of the World Grand Prix is not far away anymore for the Yellow Tigers. No surprise from the relaxed playing South-American women against a superb playing Belgian star Lise Van Hecke (22). She was again the top scorer of the game with 23 rallies.

The third weekend of the Intercontinental Round of the World Grand Prix 2014 will take place for first time in history in Argentina at the new state-of-the-arts stadium of Lomas de Zamora, nearby Buenos Aires city, August 8th – 10th.

“Nothing to lose,” said the Argentinean coach Guillermo Orduna. Indeed, his players started well in the first set and Nizetich, Aispurua and Fresco made it difficult for the Belgian reception as they slipped away till 19-15. But then Aelbrecht was there. Helped by the serves of Dirickx and Coolman, the Belgians came back till 20-20. But they had difficulties to finish the first set. Fortunately, there was superstar Lise Van Hecke, who didn’t missed the fifth occasion for set point.

Van Hecke gave an attack-recital in the second set and by 8-13 it was sure the Argentinians couldn’t come-back, even though Nizetich’s output was outstanding.

The Belgians got focused on the match and very concentrated they played an outstanding third set with points of Vandesteene, Aelbrecht and – of course – Van Hecke. There was never doubt about the Belgian victory.

Press Conference:

Coach Orduna: “Excellent first set and progress”

Argentinean coach Guillermo Orduna was not really disappointed after the loss of his team against Belgium. “We played an excellent first set, we could put pressure on our serves and we placed some good blocks, but Belgium is a good team and we were impressed by the number 10 (Lise Van Hecke) and by the middle player. I saw some progress in this team and I hope we can win next week some matches in Argentina.”

Paula Nizetich: “Next week still better”

One of the better Argentinean players was Captain Paula Nizetich. “This was our best game of this week-end. We had chances to win the first set. If we had realised that, it could have been a difficult match for the Belgians. We played better and better and we hope that we can show that next week for our own public.”

Coach Vande Broek: “Three points most important”

Belgian coach Gert Vande Broek was especially pleased by the victory of his team. “A 3-0 win was the most important thing. Three points was our aim. And we did it. We had a difficult start in defence, but after 15 points we started to play better. Of course, Lise Van Hecke is an important player for our team. Today, she was good for 56% in attack, but 40% against the Netherlands was still more impressive,” the Belgian coach said. “I’m just asking myself, if we are not too much depending from her in attack.”

Lise Van Hecke: “A little rest is important”

“No, I don’t think this team is depending from me in attack. Last week in Peru I wasn’t good at all and our team won twice with 0-3. Of course, this weekend I felt good and this is an important victory to reach the Final Four. But we think also on the World Championships next month. It is important to have some rest to keep our good condition on this level.”

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