FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 NED / Netherlands

 
Team manager Tom Berwers
Coach Gido Vermeulen
Assistant coach Ron Zwerver
Doctor
Physiotherapist Rinke van den Brink
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Britt Bongaerts Bongaerts 11.03.1996 185 69 300 292 Talentteam Papendal/Arnhem
  2   Femke Stoltenborg Stoltenborg 30.07.1991 190 79 303 299 Alemannia Aachen
  3 Yvon Belien Beliën 28.12.1993 188 73 307 303 Alemannia Aachen
  4   Celeste Plak Plak 26.10.1995 190 84 314 302 VV Alterno
  C 5 Robin De Kruijf De Kruijf 05.05.1991 193 79 313 300 Piacenza
  6   Celia Diemkoudre Diemkoudre 30.07.1992 182 66 300 290 Sliedrecht Sport
  7 Quinta Steenbergen Steenbergen 02.04.1985 189 74 309 300 VK Prostejov
  8   Judith Pietersen Pietersen 03.07.1989 188 73 306 296 Atom Trefl Sopot
  L 9 Myrthe Schoot Schoot 29.08.1988 184 69 298 286 Dresdner SC
  10   Lonneke Slöetjes Sloetjes 15.11.1990 192 76 322 315 Busto Arsizio
  11 Anne Buijs Buijs 02.12.1991 191 75 317 299 Busto Arsizio
  12   Manon Flier Flier 08.02.1984 192 70 315 301 Igtisadchi Baku
  13 Flore Gravesteijn Gravesteijn 26.04.1987 188 68 303 291 Promoballvolley-Montichiari
  14   Laura Dijkema Dijkema 18.02.1990 184 70 293 279 Halkbank Ankara
  L 16 Kirsten Knip Knip 14.09.1992 176 73 281 275 Sliedrecht Sport
  17   Carlijn Jans Jans 24.07.1987 192 77 310 301 VV Alterno
  18 Lynn Thijssen Thijssen 22.08.1992 187 73 298 284 Sliedrecht Sport
  19   Karine Muijlwijk Muijlwijk 16.02.1988 182 75 309 299 VC Wiesbaden
  20 Quirine Oosterveld Oosterveld 05.03.1990 181 71 296 288 VV Alterno
  21   Esther Van Berkel Van Berkel 31.08.1990 176 66 301 287 Sliedrecht Sport
  22 Nicole Koolhaas Koolhaas 31.01.1991 198 77 310 300 Kangasala
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

It has been seven years since the Netherlands took gold in the 2007 World Grand Prix and, although they have not managed to repeat that success, there remains a nucleus of players from that victory still in the team today. They finished fourth at the 2009 World Grand Prix and won silver at the same year’s European Championship. Most recently at the World Grand Prix they recorded a seventh place finish in 2010 and 12th place finish in 2013. 

Despite their successes on the international scene it has been 18 years since the team appeared on the Olympic stage, and they were denied a spot in London after losing to Russia in the European edition of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. In their two Olympic appearances they managed a sixth place finish in 1992 and fifth in 1996. At continental level they finished ninth at the 2013 European Championship in Germany and Switzerland.

The Dutch team will look to veteran Manon Flier to provide experience and leadership. In a long and distinguished career she won the MVP award when the Netherlands triumphed at the 2007 World Grand Prix, and was voted best spiker in the 2010/11 CEV Champions League.

Coach profile

Gido Vermeulen was appointed Netherlands coach in 2012 and oversaw the team’s qualification for last year’s World Grand Prix, where they finished 12th. He previously coached Spain’s women’s team whom he mentored to ninth place at the 2009 European Championship, their highest ever finish in the competition. 

This is his second stint with the Dutch women, having been assistant coach from 1994 to 1998. In that time the team won gold at the 1995 European Championship and came fifth at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Vermeulen also served as coach of the Netherlands junior men’s team for five years, during which they took silver at the 2004 European Championship.