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.