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In Pool C's evening match, Finland , ranked no. 13 in Europe, faces The Netherlands, ranked no. 8. This is already the fifth game in EuroVolley 2021 for the Dutch team (3 wins - 1 defeat ) and the fourth for Finland (2 wins - 1 defeat ). Finland prepares for the battle without injured setter Eemi Tervaportti, but experienced Mikko Esko is up for the job. The Netherland's star opposite
Nimir Abdel-Aziz has tallied impressive scores through-out the tournament, can Finland find the will and firepower to challenge him? Tune in for the exciting game!

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    Fabrice COLLADOS
    FRA
    Second Referee
    Bernard VALENTAR
    SLO
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    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
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    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

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  • 25
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  • 6
    Matches Played
  • 3
    Matches Won
  • 50%
    Win %
  • 11
    Sets Won
  • 501
    Points Won
  • 49%
    Attack %
  • 49%
    Reception %

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SEPPÄNEN Niklas
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 6/30/1993
  • Birth Place: FINLAND
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
1
RONKAINEN Antti
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 8/11/1996
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
3
ESKO Mikko
Setter
  • Birth Date: 9/3/1978
  • Birth Place: Vammala
  • Height: 198 cm
  • Weight: 85 kg
4
KERMINEN Lauri
Libero
  • Birth Date: 1/18/1993
  • Birth Place: Suonenjok
  • Height: 182 cm
  • Weight: 79 kg
5
LANKINEN Akseli
Setter
  • Birth Date: 8/31/1997
  • Height: 194 cm
  • Weight: 77 kg
7
SUIHKONEN Niko
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 4/11/1999
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg
8
KÖYKKÄ Voitto
Libero
  • Birth Date: 6/3/1999
  • Height: 179 cm
  • Weight: 70 kg
9
SIIRILÄ Tommi
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 8/5/1993
  • Birth Place: Alajärvi
  • Height: 203 cm
  • Weight: 98 kg
10
SIVULA Urpo
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 3/15/1988
  • Height: 195 cm
  • Weight: 95 kg
11
SINKKONEN Sauli
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 9/14/1989
  • Birth Place: Äetsä
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg
12
NIKULA Aaro
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 3/23/1999
  • Height: 212 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
13
JOKELA Joonas
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 12/12/1998
  • Birth Place: Hollola
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
18
JAUHIAINEN Miki
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/8/1997
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
23
MÄKINEN Antti Sakari
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/19/1995
  • Birth Place: Äetsä (Sastamala)
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 78 kg

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Nimir the ‘King of the Court’ as the Netherlands claim top spot in Pool C

Article 7 September 2021

The Netherlands have secured the top place in Pool C with one more day of competition remaining in Tampere following their 3-1 victory over hosts Finland.

 

The score remained close up to 14-all in the first set, when Finland scored two attack points, thus forcing the Dutch team to take a time-out at 16-14. The Netherlands recovered thanks to excellent defence game, especially from setter Wessel Keemink. The set was tied at 20-20, when Joonas Jokela served an ace. At 23-all, the Dutch controlled a hard Finnish hit and managed to score from counter attack. The set eventually went the way of the Netherlands (25-23) and as expected, Nimir was hard to stop and tallied up 11 points.

 

Finland claimed an early 6-3 lead in the second set, but The Netherlands tied with a block, a spike and an ace. Outside hitter Niko Suihkonen entered the court with a bang, Finland did well in defence and The Netherlands had to take a time-out at 11-9. Finland continued to thrive (21-17) with the home audience cheering loudly. The second Dutch time-out did not help and Urpo Sivula ended the set 25-21 with a hard spike from the right side.

 

The Dutch took control in the third set with 4-1. Finland tied the score at 7-7 with Suihkonen’s spike before taking a 13-10 lead when Antti Ronkainen blocked setter Keemink’s second touch attack. Suihkonen continued to excel and forced The Netherlands on a time-out at 18-13. The Netherlands, however, got closer and closer at 22-19, until Finland took a time-out. The Finnish team missed their two set points when leading 24-22, and finally the Dutch had the upper hand (27-25) with Nimir as the finisher.

 

The fourth set started evenly, until The Netherlands took a three-point lead (9-6) with Bennie Tuinstra’s ace, a block and an opponent error. The hosts had to take a time-out, which brought new energy and they tied the match 12-12. The Dutch took back a three-point lead at 20-17, but the Finns attempted a late comeback, with the score moving to 19- 20. Nimir was the king of the court (35 points) in the last rallies and triggered the Dutch celebrations with an ace (25-20). Middle blocker Fabian Plak (12 points) showed impressive attacks throughout the match. Firepower from Urpo Sivula (24 points) and Antti Ronkainen (18 points) was not enough to turn the game in favour of the hosts.

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The match in numbers

153
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

117
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

2869
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

229
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

45%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

7-9
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of FINLAND compared to THE NETHERLANDS.

1-7
Ace Count

FINLAND number of service aces compared to THE NETHERLANDS

44-50
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of FINLAND, next to those from THE NETHERLANDS

“This is my first summer with the national team and I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to play so many matches and to be at EuroVolley. I think the main strength of this team is that we have many good players, who are ready to step in at any moment. Moreover, we have a lot of energy and always fight until the end, as you might have seen in this match too – where we came from behind a number of times and this is mainly due to our incredible fighting spirit.”

Bennie Tuinstra
Outside hitter of the Netherlands