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  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Kim Staelens Sterken 07.01.1982 182 78 305 301 Stiinta Bacau
4   Chaďne Staelens C. Staelens 07.11.1980 194 77 316 299
L 5 Janneke van Tienen v. Tienen 29.05.1979 177 73 294 273 --
8   Alice Blom Blom 07.04.1980 178 64 305 280 Iqtisadci University Baku
9 Floortje Meijners Meijners 16.01.1987 190 75 311 283 La Yamamay Busto Arsizio
12   Manon Nummerdor-Flier Flier 08.02.1984 192 71 315 301 Zhengrong Fujian
14 Riëtte Fledderus Fledderus 18.10.1977 171 75 288 268 DELA Marinus
C 15   Ingrid Visser Visser 04.06.1977 190 74 314 298 Murcia 2005
16 Debby Stam-Pilon Pilon-Stam 24.07.1984 184 69 303 281
18   Caroline Wensink Wensink 04.08.1984 186 80 309 305 Azerrail Baku
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
In 1995 women's Volleyball in the Netherlands has been riding a wave of popularity as the Dutch national team gained their biggest success in their history when, under Bert Goedkoop (the current men's coach) the Orange team became European Champions in the Dutch city of Arnhem.

In 1996 the team excelled at the Olympic Games at Atlanta finishing fifth behind such powerhouses as Brazil, Cuba, Russia and China but the following years saw the beginning of an unstable phase.

The Netherlands failed completely during the European Championships of 1997 and Bert Goedkoop took his leave in the spring of 1998. His successor Pierre Mathieu performed reasonably well at the World Championships (7th) and the European Championships (5th) but 2000 was another inadequate year. The Netherlands' failure to qualify for the Olympics accentuating the disappointment.

To everybody’s surprise, the Italian Angelo Frigoni was selected as national coach in 2001, but the experienced trainer was an instant success, helping the Netherlands qualify for the 2002 World Championships in Germany. However, the result there was less than expected and he could only lead them to ninth place.

A fourth place finish at the 2003 European Championship was impressive but nothing compared to their fourth place finish at the World Grand Prix that year. Out of five attempts that is by far the best performance by the Netherlands and was made even sweeter by the personal success of Francien Huurman and Elles Leferink (who finished third and sixth respectively in the rankings of the best World Grand Prix players).

Despite the 2003 performance, the Orange team still had to play in a 2004
World Grand Prix qualification tournament in Poland that same year. Everybody expected them to qualify for the next edition, but for the first time in World Grand Prix history, the Dutch women did not succeed. Germany, Greece and Bulgaria were defeated, but Russia and Poland were too strong. A major disappointment.

2004 started similarly and following the failure of the Dutch women to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens at the European Olympic Qualification tournament in Azerbeijan, the Dutch Volleyball Federation confirmed in the beginning of May that Avital Selinger, a former international and successful coach, was hired to be the new head coach of the team.

Following some friendly matches with Turkey, Russia and Spain last year, Selinger took his squad
to play Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in what shaped as ideal preparation for the 2005 World Grand Prix Qualification tournament.

The Netherlands surprised everybody by defeating the top three teams from the last European Championship, losing only two sets in the five matches they played against Poland, Turkey, Romania, Germany and Bulgaria.

Salinger had his team on the right track by gaining the top spot in qualifying, now all the fans want to see is if he can transform that into the same result when the tournament proper starts.

Overall Standings for Netherlands
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
5 43 12 31 27.91
Avital Selinger Former Israel national player Avital Selinger has a wonderful history in the sport of Volleyball both in his home land and the Netherlands. Having recorded over 60 caps for the Israel national team from 1974 to 1982, he soon represented the Netherlands having moved there in 1968.

From 1985 Selinger was officially allowed by the FIVB as a former Israelian international to play for the Dutch national team and from 1985-1992 he went on to play an incredible 387 international matches to be the fifth most capped Dutch player of all time.

As a member of the Dutch national team he won a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and two bronze medals at the European Championships of 1989 and 1991.

At the end of 1992 Selinger retired as a Dutch international, although he continued playing at the Dutch Premier League club Alcom/Capelle, and it was four laters when he took his first step into coaching in Japan.

Initially he started working as an assistent-coach to his well known father Arie at the Daiei Orange Attackers (Hisamitsu Springs Attackers) and from 1999-2003 he became head coach of that team, as his father's successor. With the Attackers he won the national championship and the Japanese cup twice and the Asiatic Championship.

From 2003-2004 he transferred that success to Tenerife in Spain, winning the Spanish Championship, the Spanish Cup and last but not least the European Champions League.

Since becoming the coach of the Dutch national women’s team in May, 2004 Selinger has already recorded some success having won the 2005 World Grand Prix qualification tournament last year. Results like that bode well for the future of Netherlands women's Volleyball particularly when Selinger has signed on with the 'Orange' team until August, 2008.