FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 BEL / Belgium

 
Team manager Raf Vekemans
Coach Gert Vande Broek
Assistant coach Kris Vansnick
Doctor
Physiotherapist Bert Heremans
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Angie Bland Bland 26.04.1984 187 65 306 298 Nantes
  2   Jasmien Biebauw Biebauw 24.09.1990 180 80 306 281 KIELDRECHT
  3 Frauke Dirickx Dirickx 03.01.1980 186 74 305 302 WROCLAW
  4   Nina Coolman Coolman 25.01.1991 180 70 305 293 Paris-St-Cloud
  5 Laura Heyrman Heyrman 17.05.1993 186 73 310 280 MODENA
  C 6   Charlotte Leys Leys 18.03.1989 184 78 305 293 SOPOT
  L 7 Valerie Courtois Courtois 01.11.1990 171 66 280 270 VC OUDEGEM
  8   Kaja Grobelna Grobelna 04.01.1995 189 75 317 246 Asterix Kieldrecht
  9 Freya Aelbrecht Aelbrecht 10.02.1990 186 82 305 295 CANNES
  10   Lise Van Hecke Van Hecke 01.07.1992 186 70 299 281 PIACENZA
  11 Els Vandesteene Vandesteene 30.05.1987 184 70 308 291 NANTES
  12   Dominika Strumilo Strumilo 26.12.1996 186 66 311 292 Asterix Kieldrecht
  13 Nathalie Lemmens Lemmens 12.03.1995 193 81 315 289 Asterix Kieldrecht
  14   Helene Rousseaux Rousseaux 25.09.1991 187 70 322 200 Modena
  15 Lore Gillis Gillis 29.11.1988 187 71 308 295 VC Oudegem
  16   Karolina Goliat Goliat 25.10.1996 190 79 308 295 VDK Gent
  17 Maud Catry Catry 04.09.1990 189 78 307 302 Paris
  L 18   Britt Ruysschaert Ruysschaert 27.05.1994 177 62 302 281 Asterix Kieldrecht
  19 Sarah Cools Cools 14.04.1997 188 68 312 291 Asterix Kieldrecht
  20   Ilka Van De Vijver Van De Vyver 26.01.1993 179 73 296 273 Cannes
  21 Yana De Leeuw De Leeuw 06.09.1990 172 68 290 265 Hermes Oostende
  22   Lisa Neyt Neyt 02.09.1993 176 71 0 0 VC Oudegem
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

After a couple of decades away from the international volleyball stage, Belgium have slowly began establishing themselves as a force. They will make their World Grand Prix debut at the 2014 edition, and open their campaign against Poland in Pool J. Their only other participation on the international stage is two World Championship appearances, finishing 13th in 1958 and 22nd in 1978.

The team, known as the Yellow Tigers, began competing consistently at continental level in the 1960s, making their European Championship debut in 1967 and making three more appearances over the next 20 years. They finished 14th in 1967 and 12th in 1975, 1979 and 1987. They would have to wait 20 years before returning, but in 2007 a creditable seventh place finish led the way for greater things to come. They slipped to 11th in 2009 but returned to have a breakthrough year in 2013. They claimed a silver medal in the European League, going down 3-2 to Germany in the final, and two months later travelled to the European Championships. There they battled for a bronze medal with Serbia, and stunned them with a dramatic 3-2 win to take the medal.

Coach profile

Belgium are breaking new ground with their appearance at this year’s World Grand Prix but coach Gert Vande Broek and his players will enter the competition buoyed by a fairytale 2013 season in which they took the silver medal in the European League and bronze at the European Championship, the latter achievement being acclaimed as the greatest moment in the country’s volleyball history. 

Vande Broek is no stranger to success at club level. As coach of Asterix Kieldrecht women’s team, he has won the Belgian championship and national cup eight times apiece. He was presented with the International Volleyball Federation’s 2013 Sport Science Award in recognition of his innovative coaching methods.