Kazakhstan - we struggled to adapt to the European style of play


The Dutch had plenty of reasons to be happy with their 3-1 win over Kazakhstan

Tokyo, Japan, May 14, 2016 - Dutch captain Maret Balkestein-Grouthes was impressed with the way her team dominated, while Kazakhstan coach Vyacheslav Shapran believed his team struggled to deal with the European style of play.

Netherlands coach Giovanni Guidetti - “We are happy with the result. We got the three points. In the second set our level went down because of service problems.” 

“We put pressure on them in the third and fourth sets with our serves and our attackers played well.”

Kazakhstan coach Vyacheslav Shapran - “We are used to playing Asian teams like Thailand, Japan and South Korea. When you play European teams you need to have good blocks otherwise you can't play on equal footing with them.”

“We have a young team with nine new players.”

Netherlands captain Maret Balkestein-Grothues - “We dominated from the beginning. In the second set our serve, block and defense was not good.”

“We were able to recover and do a good job.”

Kazakhstan captain Radmila Beresneva - “This was the first match and we played well. I hope tomorrow will be better.”

“Following the first set we improved because we got accustomed to their style of play.”


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