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Schuil and Nummerdor to continue

Thirty-six-year-old Reinder Nummerdor (left) and Richard Schuil (39) have decided to continue their partnership into 2013

The Hague, Netherlands, March 28, 2013 – Dutch volleyball legends Richard Schuil (39) and Reinder Nummerdor (36) have announced that they will continue playing in 2013.  

The Dutch pair have won nine FIVB events in seven years, but missed out on an Olympic medal last year in London, where they lost the bronze medal match to Latvia’s Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins.

Many thought after that Olympic disappointment, that the two former volleyball internationals would hang up their shoes however a change of coach has seen them reset their goals and look forward to a eighth season on the FIVB World Tour. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2015 on Dutch soil are also a clear incentive.

Schuil and Nummerdor are working with a new coach this season, former beach volleyball player Gijs Ronnes who takes over from Michiel van der Kuip, as head coach for the Netherlands Men’s Beach Volleyball Team.  He will also train Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, new team-mates Daan Spijkers/Steven van de Velde and the tallest team on the Tour Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst. Varenhorst was voted FIVB World Tour Rookie of the Year in 2012.

Beach Team Holland was officially introduced at a press conference in The Hague where it was also announced that Sanne Keizer and Marleen van Iersel will continue their partnership, as will the young and talented Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel (FIVB World Tour’s ‘Most Improved Player’). Marloes Wesselink will team up with Jantine van der Vlist and Michelle Stiekema will play with Jolien Sinnema.

Morph Bowes, former head coach of the England women’s team is the new head coach of the Netherllands Women’s Beach Volleyball team.

Dutch volleyball icon, and Schuil's former volleyball team-mate in the 1996 Olympic Games gold-medal winning Dutch team, Bas van de Goor was also presented as tournament director of the The Hague Grand Slam, the first Grand Slam to be held on Dutch soil.

Beach Team Holland has laid out a bold plan for this season, aiming to place two teams inside the top eight at the FIVB World Championships and a top four finish at the 2015 World Championships at home, all with the aim of having four teams qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


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