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TEAM COMPOSITION


 BEL / Belgium

 
Team manager Kathelijn POLSPOEL
Coach Dominique BAEYENS
Assistant coach Christophe ACHTEN
Doctor
Physiotherapist Staf MOYSON
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Bram Van Den Dries Van Den Dries 14.08.1989 208 99 361 325 Olstyn
  C 2   Hendrik Tuerlinckx Tuerlinckx 01.12.1987 195 86 355 338 Knack Roeselare
  3 Sam Deroo Deroo 29.04.1992 203 102 354 327 Kedzierzyn
  4   Pieter Coolman Coolman 24.04.1989 200 92 348 332 Knack Roeselare
  5 Frank Depestele Depestele 03.09.1977 191 96 335 330 Beauvais
  L 6   Stijn Dejonckheere Dejonckheere 21.01.1988 185 75 335 310 Knack Roeselare
  7 Florian Malisse Malisse 14.12.1997 191 82 329 297 Topsportschool
  8   Kevin Klinkenberg Klinkenberg 04.10.1990 197 94 343 314 Bydgoszcz
  9 Pieter Verhees Verhees 08.12.1989 205 112 350 322 Monza
  10   Simon Van De Voorde Van De Voorde 19.12.1989 208 100 355 320 Trentino
  11 Matthijs Verhanneman Verhanneman 08.12.1988 198 98 350 340 Knack Roeselare
  12   Gert Van Walle Van Walle 07.08.1987 197 89 350 318 Beauvais
  13 Lowie Stuer Stuer 24.11.1995 194 82 333 302 VDK Gent Heren
  14   Bert Derkoningen Derkoningen 10.07.1982 189 78 330 320 Noliko Maaseik
  15 Sander Depovere Depovere 08.01.1995 196 85 332 310 Topvolley Callant Antwerpen
  16   Matthias Valkiers Valkiers 08.04.1990 196 89 339 310 Prefaxis Menen
  17 Arno Van De Velde Van De Velde 30.12.1995 210 93 356 350 Knack Roeselare
  18   Seppe Baetens Baetens 13.02.1989 191 92 345 312 Volley Lindemans Asse-Lennik
  19 Martijn Colson Colson 08.04.1994 203 96 357 335 Topvolley Callant Antwerpen
  20   Jolan Cox Cox 12.07.1991 194 72 342 315 Topvolley Callant Antwerpen
  21 Francois Lecat Lecat 19.04.1993 200 96 347 320 Verona
  22   Yves Kruyner Kruyner 10.05.1990 193 99 318 310 Argex Duvel Puurs
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Belgium boasts a lengthy and proud history of participation in international volleyball but 2014 marks a watershed moment for the Red Dragons with their maiden World League participation. Last year saw Belgium claim the European League title for the first time in impressive fashion in Turkey. They defeated the Czech Republic in the semifinal without conceding a set and did likewise against Croatia in the gold medal match. Bram Van den Dries was named the tournament’s MVP as the Belgians completed a run of 14 straight victories. The triumph underlined Belgium’s status as an up and coming contender on the European scene under coach Dominique Baeyens. The side will look to further enhance their reputation at the upcoming World Championship.

Belgium’s international volleyball history dates back to the 1948 European Championship when the team finished fifth. They enjoyed a solitary trip to the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. The Belgians, however, have not featured in the World Championship since 1978. Over the last three decades they have largely been restricted to competing at European level.

Coach profile

Dominique Baeyens has been named coach of the year in Belgium eight times. He is a six-time winner of the national championship and has won the Belgian Cup on four occasions. During 15 years mentoring the country’s top team Knack Roeselare he also tasted Belgian SuperCup success five times. He performed head coach duties at club sides Cera Ternat, Zellik and Knack before switching to the national team in 2012. He guided Belgium to a European League triumph in 2013. A year later they qualified for the 2014 World Championships, reaching the finals for the first time since 1978, when Baeyens was a member of the squad as a player. He also won the Belgian Cup during his playing career.