The Netherlands To Use Balanced Roster At European Championships

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 18th, 2017 | European volleyball, International Volleyball, News


The Netherlands are returning a strong lineup for the 2017 Women’s CEV European Championships that led them to the Final Six of the 2017 World Grand Prix this summer.

Celeste Plak will lead this front, as she was the top-scorer for the Dutch squad at the Grand Prix with 142 points on 121 kills, 11 blocks and 10 aces. Plaks leadership on the court along with Anne Buijs who was also a top-10 scorer in the preliminary round with 132 points will take the Dutch team far in the European Championships. Also returning for the European Championships are Robin De Kruijf in the middle, who had 92 points at the Grand Prix.

The Netherlands and Team USA tied for fifth place at the World Grand Champions Cup, after losing their opening two matches of the Final Six.

The Dutch squad is currently ranked #8 in the world and #7 in Europe. They will have a challenging test ahead of them at the European Championships but have all the abilities and personnel to make it far in the tournament.


(#, Name, Position)

1 – Kirsten Knip, Libero
2 – Femke Stoltenborg, Setter
3 – Yvon Belien, Middle Blocker
4 – Celeste Plak, Opposite
5 – Robin De Kruijf, Middle Blocker
6 – Maret Balkestein-Grothues, Outside Hitter
7 – Jeanine Stoeten, Middle Blocker
8 – Judith Pieterson, Outside Hitter
9 – Myrthe Schoot, Libero
10 – Lonneke Sloetjes, Opposite
11 – Anne Buijs, Outside Hitter
12 – Britt Bongaerts, Setter
13 – Sarah Van Aalen, Setter
14 – Laura Dijkema, Setter
16 – Debby Stam-Pilon, Libero
17 – Nicole Oude Luttikhuis, Outside Hitter
18 – Marrit Jasper, Outside Hitter
19 – Nika Daalderop, Outside Hitter
20 – Tessa Polder, Middle Blocker
21 – Laura De Zwart, Middle Blocker
22 – Nicole Koolhaas, Middle Blocker
23 – Marlies Wagendorp, Middle Blocker
26 – Dagmar Boom, Libero

Coaching Staff

Jamie Morrison, Head Coach
Eelco Beijl, Assistant Coach
Chris Mc Gown, Assistant Coach

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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