GB Women defeated by the Netherlands

Britain’s women lost their second consecutive Sitting Volleyball pool match of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCeL on Saturday, going down in three sets to a classy Dutch side.

Ranked No. 4 in the world, the powerful Netherlands side were too strong for coach Stephen Jones’ Paralympic debutantes and ran out easy winners 25-13, 25-12, 25-15.

“They are an amazing team,” admitted GB captain Clare Harvey. “They are very experienced and it was really a hard fight for us.”

With Marieke de Ruijter and Djoke van Marum scoring well, Netherlands eased to through the first set, 25-13.

Britain rallied to take an early lead in the second, but were soon pegged back by Netherlands, who stayed ahead and took the set 25-12.

Britain looked a little stronger at the start of set three, but Netherlands’ ruthless play and effective blocking punished them again. They shut down the match at 25-15.

“We tried many different things, but it was very difficult to get around their block, which is their best weapon,” said the 40 year old Harvey from Gillingham.

After losing 3-0 to Ukraine in their first match on Friday, Britain badly need a win against Japan on Sunday evening to maintain any hope of a place in Wednesday’s semi-finals.

Harvey said: “It’s going to be a very different game from the two previous ones. They are very mobile, but they will attack more because their block is not as good.”