MANILA, Philippines – The Netherlands opened its campaign in the Men’s Volleyball League for Men in Quezon City with a 25-17, 25-21, 26-24 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Captain Nimir Abdel-Aziz, the opposite spokesman for the Italian club Trentino, was ahead of the Dutch by 18 points and 6 points, Benny Twinstra added 13 points and 6 points, while Tees Ter Horst scored 12 points.
The Netherlands, which recorded its third victory in five games to stay in the top half of the standings, fired nine aces on the serve, with Abdel-Aziz reporting three.
“We played very clean, as a team,” said Twinstra, who contributed to two winners in the service. “It was difficult, we insisted and they (Slovenia) gave up big points, so we won today.”
The Dutch showed composure at the end of the third set after the killings of the Tuinstra and Abdel-Aziz clutch, producing key killings.
Jan Kozamernik tried to extend the match for the Slovenes, but his quick attack went wide.
The big crowd for men at the opening, which appeared in the Big Dome, inspired the Netherlands.
“It’s always nice to have fans in the stands. The fans are great. It’s amazing to play here, “said Abdel-Aziz.
The Slovenians fell 2-3 cards to stay in the bottom half of the field with 16 teams.
Rock Mozic took the top scorer for Slovenia with 12 points, including three blocks and seven rebounds, while Stern Ziga contributed 11 assists, six breakouts and five assists.
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