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17th Edition
31 July - 23 August 2009

 NED / Netherlands - Team Composition

Team manager Lodewijk Severein
Head coach Avital Selinger
Assistant coach Kristian van der Wel & Chen Hymelfars
Therapist / trainer Kim van Wijk
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Kim Staelens Sterken 7/01/1982 182 78 305 301 Stiinta Bacau
  2   Monique Wismeijer Wismeijer 21/10/1978 176 77 0 0 TVC Amstelveen
  3 Francien Huurman Huurman 18/04/1975 192 80 313 292 --
  4   Chaïne Staelens C. Staelens 7/11/1980 194 79 316 299
  5 Robin De Kruijf De Kruijf 5/05/1991 192 81 313 300 Conegliano
  6   Maret Grothues Grothues 16/09/1988 180 68 304 285 Aydin Bld. Spor
  L 7 Elke Wijnhoven Wijnhoven 3/01/1981 169 64 300 282 Pesaro
  8   Alice Blom Blom 7/04/1980 178 64 305 280 Iqtisadci University Baku
  L 9 Myrthe Schoot Schoot 29/08/1988 182 70 293 286 Team22
  L 10   Janneke van Tienen v. Tienen 29/05/1979 177 73 294 273 --
  11 Caroline Wensink Wensink 4/08/1984 186 80 309 305 Azerrail Baku
  C 12   Manon Nummerdor-Flier Flier 8/02/1984 192 71 315 301 Zhengrong Fujian
  13 Anne Buijs Buijs 2/12/1991 191 73 317 299 Praia Clube
  14   Floortje Meijners Meijners 16/01/1987 190 75 311 283 La Yamamay Busto Arsizio
  15 Ingrid Visser Visser 4/06/1977 190 74 314 298 Murcia 2005
  16   Debby Stam-Pilon Pilon-Stam 24/07/1984 184 69 303 281
  17 Deborah van Daelen v. Daelen 24/03/1989 188 70 309 287 VC Weert
  18   Sharon Zuidema Zuidema 13/08/1990 185 72 0 0 TVC Amstelveen
  19 Leonarda Sgroot Sgroot 26/02/1986 180 64 0 0 AMVJ
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The Dutch Women's National Volleyball Team has had an interesting few years. After winning the 2007 World Grand Prix, they failed to qualify for last year's final tournament.

But the disappointment of not taking part in the 2008 edition has been tempered by the fact that the team is back this year and ready to prove themselves.

The team took part in the prestigious Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland in early June, where they placed fourth behind winners Brazil, runners-up Italy and China.

In July, the team will participate in the third round of the 2010 Women's World Championship Qualification Tournament at home Almere, where they will play Germany, Azerbaijan and Slovenia. The top two finishers will advance to the Final Round in Japan next fall.

For the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix, the team will travel to Poland (July 31-August 2), Taipei (August 7-9) and Hong Kong (August 14-16) in an attempt to qualify for the finals in Japan, before taking part in the European Championship in Poland in September.

The team's World Grand Prix victory in 2007 was their first medal finish at the tournament, with a fourth-place finish in 2003 and sixth in the 2005 edition being their best showings to that point.

August 2007 was a month to remember for the Dutch women. They spent the entire month traveling for the World Grand Prix, first playing in Verona, Italy, where they got off to an inauspicious start by losing to Brazil (0-3) and Italy (0-3).

The team, led by coach Avital Selinger, got their first win at the tournament against Taiwan (3-0). A week later the Dutch women defeated Japan (3-2) and Taiwan (3-0) in Tokyo. The first match of that weekend was a straight-sets loss, however, once again to Brazil.

In the last weekend, the Dutch women had to win all its matches in order to reach the finals. In Macau, the women played to the best of their ability and beat Cuba (3-1), China (3-2) and USA (3-1).

The Dutch held on to their top form in the week of the finals. This resulted in an impressive series of victories, including over Olympic champion China (3-2), former European Champion Italy (3-1), defending Grand Prix winner Brazil (3-2), the then European Champion Poland (3-0) and World Champion Russia (3-2).

For the first time in history, the Netherlands won gold on the elite international level. There was also a personal success for Manon Flier, who was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Last year, the Dutch failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after losses to Poland and Turkey at the European Qualification Tournament in Halle.

In May 2008 the Dutch won silver at the Abu Dhabi International Women's Volleyball Tournament. After defeating Australia (3-0), Italy (3-2), Egypt (3-0), Algeria (3-0) and Germany (3-1), the Netherlands lost the final match against Cuba (1-3).

At the Montreux Volley Masters a month later, a rejuvenated Dutch team finished fourth. The team lost to Cuba, Italia and China (all 0-3), but defeated Germany (3-0) and Serbia (3-2).

In Ekaterinburg, Russia, the Netherlands earned bronze at the Boris Yeltsin Cup. Bulgaria and Ukraine were too strong for the Netherlands (2-3), but Croatia, Belarus and Russia (3-1) were defeated.

In September the Netherlands played against World Champion Russia in the DELA Trophy in preparation for the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix European Qualification in Omsk. Both games were won by the Dutch (3-0 and 3-1).

During the European Qualification tournament in Omsk with five other countries, the Dutch lost only one set in its first four games (against Serbia, Italy, France and Germany). Only Russia was too strong for the Dutch women (0-3). Together with Russia and Germany, the Netherlands qualified for the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix.







Coach profile

Avital Selinger was born on March 10, 1959 in Haifa, Israel.

Playing career:

From 1974 to 1982 Selinger played for the Israeli Premier League team Hapoël Hamifratz. During this period he played 60 times for his country.

Selinger moved to the Netherlands and joined the team Brother Martinus in Amstelveen. With this team he won the double (Premier League and National Cup) and performed well in European tournaments.

In 1985 Selinger received his Dutch passport and became eligible to play for the Dutch National team. He wore the Orange uniform 387 times between 1985 and 1992, making him one of the most-capped Dutch internationals. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Selinger helped his team win silver, and at the European Championships in 1989 and 1991 they won bronze.

After retiring as an international, Selinger played for Alcom/Capelle and won the National Cup in 1994.

Coaching career:

In 1996 Selinger became an assistant coach under his father of the Daiei Orange Attackers (later the Hisamitsu Springs Attackers) in Japan. From 1999 to 2003, Selinger was the head coach of the team, winning the National Championship and National Cup two times each. The Attackers also won the Asian Championships.

Selinger was even more successful as the head coach of Tenerife (2003-2004). Under Selinger, Tenerife became National Champion, won the National Cup, the Super Cup and the Champions League.

On May 1, 2004, Selinger took over as head coach of the Dutch Senior Women's team. Straightaway he led the team to victory at the World Grand Prix Qualification Tournament, where the team beat the top three finishers at the previous European Championships. In 2005, the team placed sixth at the World Grand Prix and fifth at the European Championships in Croatia.

It was also in 2005 that a new fulltime program for the team began that saw all the young players on the Dutch Senior side join Premier league team Martinus. With the support of sponsor DELA, the team was able to participate in important international tournaments on their road to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The team finished second at the World Grand Prix Qualification tournament in 2005 and placed eighth at the 2006 World Championships in Japan. The highlight of the tournament was the match against Olympic champion China, which Selinger's women won.

The fulltime program at DELA Martinus has been continued and extended to include the players who had suited up for foreign teams. The program, with a great mix of enthusiastic youngsters and older, more experienced players, has had a pressure-cooker effect on the younger players and been of great significance for the Dutch Women's team.

Selinger's greatest glory so far as head coach of the Dutch Women's team was winning the 2007 FIVB World Grand Prix. Unfortunately, the following year saw Selinger and his team fail to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Later that year at the European Qualification tournament in Omsk (where the Dutch lost only one match - to Russia), the Netherlands qualified for the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix.

In April this year, Nevobo and DELA extended their sponsorship agreement with the Dutch Women's Volleyball team to December 31, 2012. Selinger, meanwhile, has signed on to guide the team until the Olympic Games in London 2012.


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