Stuttgart - Aachen 3:1 (24:26 25:19 26:24 25:16)
MVP: Femke Stoltenborg / Kirsten Knip
Aachen played well in 1st and 3rd set but doesn't have the consistency and options to play a full match on the same level as Stuttgart. After a weak 1st set Oude Luttikhuis turned out to be Aachen's strongest hitter Both OPPs were awful and Adams played the worst match since she's in Aachen I guess. Stuttgart played solid but not outstanding, only Daalderop and towards the end McCage were impressive. And I have to say, today Stoltenborg clearly won the Dutch setters' battle.
I totally agree.
I think Oude Luttikkhuis played her best (in all elements) and Adams het worst match for Aachen ever. Aachen's best players during the season (Adams and Bongaerts) had an off-day today.
After the match, the stream continued and I saw Jamie Morrison talking with Erik Reitsma (Aachen's assistent-coach)..so I think all Dutch players were very motivated.
It is indeed a pity Aachen has no options on bench if necessary and in general only 11 players in roster. It's all a matter of money. The only real substitute is Kalinovskaya (MB).