FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

The Hague Transavia Grand Slam | 15 - 20 juillet 2014

#TheHagueGS


Press release

Nummerdor: next year’s World Championships are going to surpass everything


Reinder Nummerdor (middle) plays in Apeldoorn again, but this time on the sand

Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, July 16, 2014 - The 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands are going to surpass everyone’s expectations, said Dutch veteran Reinder Nummerdor on Wednesday at the Transavia Grand Slam in Apeldoorn.

“For the first time there will be four host cities. That’s never been done before. The venues look great this year, and this is only a grand slam, so I expect it to be even more spectacular next year."

The Transavia Grand Slam, running from July 15-20 is a prelude to next year’s World Championships. This year there are three venues, The Hague, Amsterdam and Apeldoorn, and next year Rotterdam will join in.

“Especially the locations on the Dam in Amsterdam, right in the middle of the city, and the Hofvijver in The Hague (with a floating centre court on a pond in the historic centre) will be spectacular”, Nummerdor continued.

“Promoter TIG Sports is also doing a great job on the VIP villages and the side-events. There is a huge amateur competition each year on the same beach as the grand slam in Scheveningen. We will have the best teams of the world competing next to an amateur competition.”

The 37-year old Nummerdor competed in the previous four World Championships with his former partner Richard Schuil: Stare Jablonki in 2013, Rome in 2011, Stavanger in 2009 and Gstaad in 2007. “All great events too, but the Dutch edition is definitely going to surpass all of them”, he promised.

Special bond with Apeldoorn

This year triple European champion Nummerdor was sent to Apeldoorn for the pool phase of the Transavia Grand Slam, a town he has a special bond with. He played for local volleyball club Dynamo in the late nineties before he became a star in the Italian competition.

“I lived in Apeldoorn for two years when I was 20, 21, while I was playing for Dynamo. I also grew up in this region, in Elburg, half an hour away from here. Apeldoorn is not a huge town, but there’s a relaxed atmosphere. A true volleyball town with volleyball-minded people. And next year when there will be 2000 spectators on the stands, there will be a great atmosphere.”

On Wednesday he and his new partner Steven van de Velde – Richard Schuil retired last year – faced one of the top teams from the USA in their first match: the Stavanger and Gstaad champions Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal.

The Dutch team made the Americans fight hard for victory. With the support of the crowd at Apeldoorn’s Marktplein Nummerdor and young Van de Velde played some great block-defence in the second set to enforce a tiebreak. In the end the more experienced American team prevailed: 21-17, 19-21, 15-7.

“That second set was positive, so we hold on to that”, said Nummerdor. “We played well, passing and setting was good. We started well in the first set too, but our side-out is not consistent enough yet. That’s why we lose at the moment. I think we can make enough points with our serve and bock-defence and we pressured them into making mistakes too, but we are not there yet. We are still searching.”

Knee injury

For Nummerdor and the 19-year old Van de Velde this is only their third World Tour event since Nummerdor had to recover from a tear in his anterior crucial knee ligament that he contracted before the start of the season. They finished 25th in Stavanger and 41st in Gstaad these past two weeks.

“I am not fit yet”, Nummerdor said. “This kind of injury usually takes a minimum of three months recovery. It took me four months, but that must have been my age. I am ready to practice full force, but it takes a lot of time to regain my old explosiveness. I am getting there, but it will still take some more time.”

He does not mind starting all over with a new partner after Schuil, with whom he won nine World Tour gold medals, said goodbye. “It’s a nice challenge. Steven is a very talented player, but he needs to get to a consistent level, but that’s hard when you are only 19. But he can do brilliant things. And he needs to show some attitude, because we think he is a bit shy and nervous in the field. But today he played well and then he gets fired up. That’s great to see.”

Even opponent and fellow blocker Phil Dalhausser noticed Van de Velde’s potential. “He is 50 times better than me at that age. He is a very talented player”, the legendary American said.

If Nummerdor will compete at next year’s World Championships is not at all sure yet. “It’s too early too say. This summer I will play with Steven and then we will evaluate the season. First I need to get back to my old level, otherwise it’s no use. I need to get back to that top level, but I really am confident I can do that.”
Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
20.07.2014 17:00:12
Fijalek & Prudel Net Poland’s First FIVB World Tour Gold Medal

The Hague, The Netherlands, July 20, 2014 - The names of Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel are now in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour record bo... More...

20.07.2014 16:02:17
Emanuel & Salgado win All-Brazilian Bronze Medal Affair

The Hague, The Netherlands, July 20, 2014 - Legendary Beach Volleyball Emanuel Rego has added a new country to his list where he has won international... More...

20.07.2014 14:57:22
Brazilians Fernanda & Lima Top Transavia Grand Slam Podium

The Hague, The Netherlands, July 20, 2014 - It has been another successful Beach Volleyball event in The Netherlands for Taiana Lima as she returned t... More...

20.07.2014 12:46:08
Antonelli & Juliana Capture Transavia Grand Slam Bronze Medal

20.07.2014 08:04:21
Europe vs. Americas for The Hague Beach Volleyball Gold Medals

19.07.2014 22:05:09
Poland Seeks First FIVB World Tour Gold Medal

19.07.2014 19:50:21
Holtwick & Semmler Seek Validation

19.07.2014 17:44:36
Three-set matches highlight Transavia Grand Slam men’s quarterfinals

19.07.2014 14:46:43
From Qualifier to “Final 4” for Brazilians Fernanda & Lima at Transavia Grand Slam

19.07.2014 08:15:02
"Moving Day" Matches Spice Saturday’s Transavia Grand Slam Schedule

19.07.2014 07:16:45
Chilean Cousins Claim Big Payday

18.07.2014 21:42:01
Americans Doherty & Lucena Tandems Earn Transavia Grand Slam Break-through

18.07.2014 20:23:05
Brazilian Women Continue Strong Transavia Grand Slam Showing

18.07.2014 18:00:51
Unexpected Tandems Earn Transavia Grand Slam Second Round Berths

18.07.2014 14:46:47
Brazilian Women Dominating Transavia Grand Slam

18.07.2014 12:39:58
European Champions Van Iersel and Meppelink disappoint after loss on home sand

18.07.2014 00:55:32
Elimination Rounds Highlight Friday’s Transavia Grand Slam Schedule

18.07.2014 00:49:40
Elimination Rounds Highlight Friday’s Transavia Grand Slam Schedule

17.07.2014 20:57:03
Latvians Erase Swiss Memories

17.07.2014 18:59:34
American Olympic Medalists Led Transavia Grand Slam Pool Winners

17.07.2014 18:35:39
Travelling Aussies happy on the road

17.07.2014 18:23:51
Dalhausser and Rosenthal on the hunt for a ‘turkey’ in The Hague

17.07.2014 14:38:14
Beach volleyball gives Apeldoorn a big buzz

17.07.2014 13:25:39
FIVB World Champions Seek Transavia Grand Slam Success

16.07.2014 22:33:15
US and Australian pairs unbeaten in Amsterdam

16.07.2014 22:02:07
Swiss Tanja’s pool winners after only one day in Apeldoorn

16.07.2014 21:27:24
Upsets Highlight Transavia Grand Slam Men’s Pool Play Matches

16.07.2014 21:02:42
Sand suits Canadian Pavan

16.07.2014 20:21:27
Nummerdor: next year’s World Championships are going to surpass everything

16.07.2014 17:37:22
Double or nothing for Bruno

16.07.2014 15:53:36
Germany's Ludwig and Sude making the most of a temporary partnership

16.07.2014 14:50:56
Transavia Grand Slam is the Wimbledon of beach volleyball

16.07.2014 14:46:41
Life is good, but…

16.07.2014 12:47:10
Just like old times

15.07.2014 23:48:08
Amsterdam, Apeldoorn Join The Hague in Hosting Transavia Grand Slam Matches

15.07.2014 16:36:34
Upsets Highlight Transavia Grand Slam Men’s Qualification Tournament

15.07.2014 16:34:30
Top-seeded Brazilians Avoid Qualifying Transavia Grand Slam Upset

14.07.2014 20:26:19
Record US$1,000,000 purse for FIVB The Hague Transavia Grand Slam

14.07.2014 16:03:17
Qualifying Rounds Opens Transavia Grand Slam Play Tuesday

14.07.2014 14:09:38
Larissa “Is Back”

14.07.2014 05:07:15
Talking Stats: 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour—July 13

14.07.2014 02:43:50
2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour update after nine events

11.07.2014 02:54:55
Double Dutch delight

03.07.2014 18:09:15
European champs ready to give home fans taste of what to expect in 2015

23.06.2014 17:32:15
Three cities for The Hague Transavia Grand Slam

07.04.2014 18:09:54
One million dollars in prize money up for grabs at Transavia and Long Beach Grand Slams

19.03.2014 18:01:38
Fortaleza Grand Slam postponed as The Hague confirms four cities

07.03.2014 11:32:52
Transavia Grand Slam 2014 in three World Championship cities

30.01.2014 16:45:20
2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour ready for more highlights in record-breaking year