My choice for the roster of 2019:
Setter: Dijkema (Firenze), Bongaerts (Schweriner), Stoltenborg (Budowlani Lodz)*, van Aalen? (Sliedrecht)
Opposite: Sloëtjes (Vakifbank), Plak (Novara/ also OH), Scholten? (Vilsbiburg)
Outside hitters: Balkestein-Grothues (CSM Bucuresti), Buijs (Monza), Daalderop (Firenze), Pietersen (Brescia)**, Marrit Jasper (Aachen), Oude Lutikhuis? (Aachen), Siebring? (Suhl), Hesther Jasper? (Sneek)
Middle blockers: de Kruijf (Conegliano), Beliën (Besiktas), Lohuis (Münster), Polder (Schweriner), Koolhaas (CSM Bucuresti), Korevaar? (Sliedrecht), de Zwart? (Eurosped)
Libero: Schoot (Vilsbiburg), Knip (Aachen), Kos? (Eurosped), Boom? (Eurosped/ also OH)
* Stoltenborg has expressed doubts about continuing to play for the national team, because she was not selected for the WCH.
** As we know, Pietersen has decided to stop playing for the national team. Although she said that there is still a possibility that she will play some time for the Dutch team. I hope she decides to come back because they really need her in my opinion!
I hope that the players with an ? behind their name will get some chances to play in VNL. In this way the main players will get some rest, so they can fully focus on the olympic qualifications and ECH. For this reason and to gain experience, I would also choose the following starting line-up in VNL:
Bongaerts - Plak
Daalderop - Jasper
Lohuis - Polder
For the most important matches I will choose this starting line-up:
Dijkema - Sloëtjes
Balkestein-Grothues - Buijs
de Kruijf - Beliën
I think that all positions are clear, only the outside hitter next to Balkestein-Grothues and the libero can change for me. Daalderop is having some good matches and I think she can develop her passing, so she can become better then Buijs. I think Morrison is choosing Knip on the libero position, but for me Schoot is more stable.
What are your thoughts?