Dutch Stick With World League Squad Members at Euro Championships

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 22nd, 2017 | European volleyball, International Volleyball


The Dutch are sticking with the group that got them to the Final Four of World League Group 2 play. The team returns 14 members of that squad, which went 7-2 and lost to Australia in the bronze medal match.

Jeroen Rauwerdink is the elder statesman of the team at 31, while Fabian Plak is the youngest team member at 20.

Middle blocker Jasper Diefenbach and oppposite Wouter Ter Maat led the way at Worlds. Ter Maat and fellow opposite Nimir Abdelaziz are the preferred options of head coach Gido Vermuelen, leaving 33 year old Kay van Dijk, a long time national team member (2003-13) out in the cold after including him in the side for a friendly against Turkey.

Also on the outside of the roster are World League team members Robin Overbeeke, Just Dronkers, Stijn Held and Stijn Van Schie.

The Dutch will play in Group D alongside France, Belgium and Turkey.


2017 European Championships Roster – Netherlands

Setters: Daan van Haarlem and Wessel Keemink

Opposites: Wouter ter Maat and Nimir Abdelaziz

Middle blockers: Jasper Diefenbach, Thomas Koelewijn, Michaël Parkinson and Fabian Plak

Receivers: Robbert Andringa, Thijs ter Horst, Auke van de Kamp and Jeroen Rauwerdink

Liberos: Gijs Jorna and Dirk Sparidans



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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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