In the second match of Day 3 in Pool C, the Netherlands will play against North Macedonia. The Netherlands, a EuroVolley veteran with 27 tournaments in the books and a gold medal to their name from the 1997 edition, are the favourites of this fixture, at least on paper. Fun fact: Dutch star opposite Nimir Abdel-Aziz started his career as a setter, and switched position to attacker only a few years ago.
First RefereeBernard VALENTARSLOSecond RefereeFabrice COLLADOSFRA
Tampere Ice Stadium, also known as Hakametsä Stadium, was Finland’s first ice stadium originally built for the 1965 Ice Hockey World Championships. The legendary stadium is well suited for various competitions, trade fairs, concerts and other large-scale events. Hakametsä is located ca. 3 km from Tampere city centre and it is easy to reach by public transportation. Capacity: 8000
How To Attend
Keltinkatu 2 , TAMPERE, 33530 Capacity: 8000
Hakametsä Icehall is just less than 4 km from the city centre and it is easily achievable walking or with you own car, taxi or bus. You can walk from city centre to venue in 45 minutes and see beautiful sites of Tampere at the same time. By bus you can found Hakametsä with many diffrent buslines: 3A, 3B, 6, 9A, 17, 25, 29A, 29B, 40A, 80. All these bring you to less than half kilometer from the venue. By car you can found venue (address Keltinkatu 2) next to Hervannan valtaväylä on eastside of the citycentre. Parking places next to the venue are limited during EuroVolley. Get directions
Thijs TER HORST
Thijs ter Horst is the powerhouse for the Dutch on the outside. After having played three years in Korea for the Daejeon Samsung Bluefangs he returned to Italy where he previously played for Verona. He joined Piacenza and after a year he transferred to Sir Sicoma Perugia in 2020. He played most of the season as opposite and can be used by head coach Piazza on both positions.
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Parkinson and Ter Maat celebrating after a block
North-Macedonia's libero Darko Angelovski with famous headband
The Dutch team scores a point
Twan Wiltenburg receiving
The Netherlands dominated the net
Setter Freek De Weijer
Team NED after a point
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The Netherlands defeated North Macedonia
North-Macedonia played with a smile on their face, and a small but loud fan group from North-Macedonia kept the atmosphere at Hakametsä Arena high through-out the game. After a slow start, the Netherlands' experience and game routine was adamant in the first set.
The Dutch took the set win 25-20.The beginning of second set was again rather even. North-Macedonia took the lead at 14-15, but that's when the Dutch team got their act together and embarked the journey towards set win. Dutch opposite Wouter Ter Maat finished second set 25 - 18 with an impressive backrow spike.
The third set followed a fairly similar pattern as the first two. Despite North Makedonia's valiant efforts, the Netherlands ruled the net with total 13 blocks and wider material - Ter Maat 20 points. North-Macedonia's top scorer was opposite Nikola Gjorgiev with 13 points.
Final set 25 - 22 and match to The Netherlands 3 - 0.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of THE NETHERLANDS compared to NORTH MACEDONIA.
THE NETHERLANDS number of service aces compared to NORTH MACEDONIA
Errors leading to points of THE NETHERLANDS, next to those from NORTH MACEDONIA
Wouter ter Maat
“Two 3-0 wins is definitely a great start for us in this tournament, especially since you can regard both Spain and North Macedonia as very dangerous opponents. I think that compared to other teams, the level of the players of our team is even, so it does not make too much of a difference who plays and who does not – we are a good team anyway. It is difficult to say how far we can get in this tournament – we have to get out of the pool and see who we would play in the next round.”
Opposite hitter of the Netherlands