FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 BEL / Belgium

 
Team manager ZDENEK Sklenar
Coach BAEYENS Dominique
Assistant coach ACHTEN Christophe
Doctor
Physiotherapist KLAPS Maarten
   
 
    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 Toulouse
  2   Jolan Cox Cox 12.07.1991 194 72 342 315 Greenyard Maaseik
  C 3 Sam Deroo Deroo 29.04.1992 203 105 355 335 Kedzierzyn
  4   Pieter Coolman Coolman 24.04.1989 200 90 351 321 Knack Roeselare
  5 Lienert Cosemans Cosemans 20.10.1993 203 93 340 315 VBC Waremme
  L 6   Stijn Dejonckheere Dejonckheere 21.01.1988 185 75 335 310 Knack Roeselare
  7 Gertjan Claes Claes 30.03.1985 191 82 339 310 Knack Roeselare
  8   Kevin Klinkenberg Klinkenberg 04.10.1990 197 94 343 314 Milano
  9 Pieter Verhees Verhees 08.12.1989 205 112 360 349 Vibo Valentia
  10   Simon Van De Voorde Van De Voorde 19.12.1989 208 100 365 350 Paykan Tehran
  11 Matthijs Verhanneman Verhanneman 08.12.1988 198 98 350 340 Knack Roeselare
  12   Gert Van Walle van Walle 07.08.1987 197 91 350 318 Lindemans Aalst
  L 13 Dennis Deroey Deroey 14.08.1987 192 85 331 315 Topvolley Callant Antwerpen
  14   Yves Kruyner Kruyner 10.05.1990 193 99 318 310 Argex Duvel Puurs
  15 Stijn D'Hulst D'Hulst 24.04.1991 187 75 321 305 Duren
  16   Matthias Valkiers Valkiers 08.04.1990 194 92 339 310 Tourcoing
  17 Tomas Rousseaux Rousseaux 31.03.1994 199 90 352 317 Olsztyn
  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   Arno Van De Velde Van De Velde 30.12.1995 210 93 350 340 Knack Roeselare
  21 Francois Lecat Lecat 19.04.1993 200 96 347 320 Vibo Valentia
  22   Sander Depovere Depovere 08.01.1995 196 85 332 310 Prefaxis Menen
  L 23 Jelle Ribbens Ribbens 17.03.1992 185 79 331 300 Toulouse
  24   Lowie Stuer Stuer 24.11.1995 194 80 331 310 Parky Menen
  25 Thomas Konings Konings 07.03.1997 202 92 352 320 Knack Roeselare
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Belgium boast a lengthy and proud history of participation in international volleyball but last year was the Red Dragons' World League debut. They will have been reasonably proud of their efforts as they finished third in Group 2, having topped Pool C before losing to France at the semifinal stage of the Final Four. They won the third-place match by defeating the Netherlands in straight sets. They followed that up by coming joint-17th at the World Championship as they won one of their five pool matches and were eliminated on point ratio behind Italy. They are now ranked No.20 in the world.

They won the European League title for the first time in impressive fashion in 2013 as they swept Czech Republic and Croatia in the semifinal and gold medal match respectively. The triumph underlined Belgium's status as an up-and-coming contender on the European scene under coach Dominique Baeyens. 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. Last year was their first World Championship outing since 1978 and they have largely been restricted to competing at European level.

Coach profile

In 2014, Dominique Baeyens led Belgium's men's team to their first World Championship appearance in 36 years. They finished equal 17th. Previously he had coached the team to gold in the 2013 European League. In the 2014 World League he guided Belgium to a third-place finish in Group 2 in their first appearance in the event. Before taking over the national team in 2012, Baeyens had coached Belgian club teams Cera Tarnat, Zellik and Knack Roeselare. With the latter he won six national titles, four Belgian Cups and five Belgian Supercups. He has been named Belgium's Coach of the Year eight times. As a player he won the Belgian Cup with Kruikenburg.