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04-07-2015

NETHERLAND OVERCOMES ARGENTINA AT THE WORLD GRAND PRIX

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PHOTOS + RESULTS + THE MATCH

Porec, Croatia, July 4, 2015 - Led by the powerful point scoring of Anne Buijs (16), Judith Pietersen (15) and Maret Balkestein-Grothues (14), Netherlands cruised to a comfortable 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-12) victory over Argentina in Pool J of the World Grand Prix on Saturday. This Sunday, Argentina will face the Czech Republic at 12.00 Argentine time in the last match of the first weekend of the Intercontinental Round.


Argentina got off to the worst possible start, shipping five successive points on the serve of Netherlands’ Laura Dijkema, and things never got any better for Guillermo Orduna’s side, who saw their four-match winning streak come to a juddering halt.

The South American side had no answer to the power and precision of Buijs and Co., who never released their grip on the match as they followed up with a second successive win after their 3-1 tournament opening success against Czech Republic.

Leticia Boscacci, so effective for Argentina in their opening victory over Croatia, was expertly marshalled by the Netherlands defence, scoring just three points in total. Her country’s top scorer in a disappointing match was Elina Rodriguez, who registered eight points.

Press Conference:

Giovanni Guidetti, head coach of the Netherlands:"I'm very happy with our game today. This was very close to perfection. We played very well in every aspect. I would like to see something like this in every match."


Judith Pietersen, the Netherlands: "It was great. We played without mistakes at all. We kept pressuring Argentina's players during the whole match. I hope that we will play on the same level in the next match with Croatia."


Guillermo Orduna, head coach of Argentina: "We played today without our injured captain (Paula) Nizetich and a few other players. Our young team lacked experience, our players could not keep our game on the high level. Nevertheless, in the next match with the Czech Republic we will surely play better."

Elina Rodriguez, Argentina: "We didn't play good, but I don't feel bad because of that. We all know that the Netherlands' team is very good and we also know where we made crucial mistakes. We have to go back to training and work hard to improve."

Head-to-Head

· Argentina and Netherlands will meet for the third time in World Grand Prix history. Last season, Netherlands won both Intercontinental Round matches against Argentina by a 3-0 score line.

· Netherlands have lost 11 of their previous 15 World Grand Prix matches against CSV countries, including two group stage matches against Brazil in their 2007 winning campaign.

· Kirsten Knip (NED), Inge Molendijk (NED) and Julieta Constanza Lazcano (ARG) played for French side Istres Ouest Provence in the 2014/15 Ligue A season.

Argentina

· In their fifth World Grand Prix participation, Argentina won their opener for the first time. They beat Croatia 3-1.

· Argentina have now won four matches in a row, their longest ever winning streak in the tournament.

· They can win improve their winning streak to five. Of their other 33 World Grand Prix matches prior to this run, they won a total of five.

· For the second time in World Grand Prix history, Argentina can win two matches in the opening weekend. They also achieved this in 2013.

· Leticia Boscacci scored 20 points for Argentina in the opening match against Croatia.

Netherlands

· Netherlands won their tournament opener 3-1 against Czech Republic.

· Since losing their opener in 2007, Netherlands have started with a victory in five straight campaigns, including 2015. Only in 2013, they failed to add a second win straight away.

· Their win against Czech Republic made Netherlands' World Grand Prix balance positive. They now have 58 wins and 57 losses in 115 total matches.

· Judith Pietersen scored 22 points for Netherlands in the opener against Czech Republic.

Grand Prix 2015
Weekend #1 - Porec (Croatia)
3/7 - 15.00 - Argentina - Croatia 3-1
4/7 - 12.00 - Argentina v Netherlands 0-3
5/7 - 12.00 - Argentina v Czech Republic

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