The Dutch volleyball players won their first game at the European Championships on Friday for their own audience. The team of coach Roberto Piazza was convincingly too strong for Montenegro in Rotterdam.
The Orange team settled in Ahoy in three sets with Montenegro, which occupies the 39th position in the world ranking: 25-13, 25-17 and 25-15.
The Netherlands quickly took the lead in all three sets. During each company, the global number fifteen continued to expand the difference and did not relinquish the victory. Nimir Abdel-Aziz was the home scorer with 27 points.
Thanks to the victory, the 1997 European champion leads the group D. Ukraine and Poland also won their first group match, but both teams also lost one set.
Ukraine is the next opponent of the Piazza formation on Saturday. Next, duels with Poland (Sunday), Estonia (Tuesday) and the Czech Republic (Wednesday) are on the program.
First four teams to eighth finals
The first four teams in each group qualify for the eighth finals of the European Championship, which is held in four countries. Belgium, France and Slovenia are the other three host countries. The final will be held in Paris on September 29.
The Dutch were eliminated in the group stage two years ago at the previous European Championship and then finished in tenth position. In 1997 the Dutch volleyball players won their only European title and in 1993 and 1995 they lost the European final.