Abdel-Aziz strikes 18 for Dutch shutout of Egypt


Nimir Abdel-Aziz dominates at the net in match against Egypt

Ankara, Turkey, June 2, 2017 – The Netherlands started off their 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League campaign with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 27-25) shutout of Egypt, with Nimir Abdel-Aziz spearheading the Dutch efforts on the court in Ankara.

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Abdel-Aziz became the best scorer of the match, contributing 18 points to the victory. Ahmed Shafik was the top scorer on Egypt’s side with 14 points. His teammate Ahmed Abdelhay added another 12.

This is the second time the Dutch defeat the Egyptians in a World League. The European side scored a 3-1 victory in their first encounter, which took place in 2016.

The Netherlands started the match with an effective serve by Robbert Andringa, but the first point went to Egypt. At the first technical time-out, the Dutch were already 8-5. They continued to dominate and claimed a 25-17 win.

Egypt was very ambitious to come back into the game during the second set and the two teams fought vehemently. The lead went back and forth, but in the end the Netherlands emerged with a narrow 25-23 edge.

The Dutch kept the pressure into the third set. Although they had lost two sets, the Egyptians did a good job and took a 16-12 lead at the second technical time-out. The ending was very tight and interesting and went into overtime. It was once again the Netherlands that succeeded to finish the set on top and after a 27-25 close shaped up the shutout.


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