• Podcast about the upcoming olympic qualification tournament with Buijs, Plak and Alberda.


    Buijs said Morrison personally is a very good guy, but he wasn't the right coach for the Dutch team anymore. The team had no confidence left in Morrison, so they didn't want to fight with him for the last chance to qualify for the olympics.


    They are excited to play with Caprara, because they heard good things about him. His most important job is that the team gets their confidence back and they are more flexible during the match, so they can chance the tactics.


    They already started training and today the last players who play in Italy will come. Plak said that everyone in the team is excited and ready to fight for the last chance. It's not clear yet which role the players will have. For example if Plak will play as outside hitter or opposite.


    They are very happy that Meijners is finally back with the national team. She is a strong player and has lot of experience, so she can help the team a lot.


    Of course Poland and Turkey are strong opponents, who are tough to beat. If they can get their confidence back, so they can play their own game, they are capable to beat every team.


    Finally Plak said she is very proud of the Dutch fans. Many opponents told the team they love playing in the Netherlands, because the fans are very respectful and celebrate in a good way. Almost every day is sold out already:drink:


    https://www.volleybal.nl/nieuw…ncurrent-dat-zijn-we-zelf

  • Caprara announced the list of 15 players he will take with him on practice games in Germany. On sunday they will travel to Germany. They are going to play 3 games against each other. One player has to be cut from the list for the olympic qualification tournament starts.


    The 15 players are:

    Setter: Britt Bongaerts (Schwerin) and Laura Dijkema (Firenze).

    Opposite: Lonneke Sloëtjes (Scandicci) and Celeste Plak (Aydin).

    Outside hitters: Maret Balkestein-Grothues (Aydin), Floortje Meijners (Monza), Anne Buijs (THY), Nika Daalderop (Firenze) and Marrit Jasper (Aachen).

    Middle blockers: Robin de Kruijf (Conegliano), Yvon Beliën (Galatasaray), Nicole Koolhaas (Yesilyurt) and Juliet Lohuis (Stuttgart).

    Libero: Myrthe Schoot (Vilsbiburg) and Kirsten Knip (Alba Blaj).


    So Floortje Meijners is still with the team!:dance6: My guess is he will cut one outside hitter from the list, probably Jasper. He also could choose to cut one of the middle blockers, which will be on of Lohuis or Koolhaas. Probably Lohuis, because Koolhaas is having a good season so far in Turkey. I think Japser is the best option, although she keeps improving. But her reception isn't going to help the team, so I will cut her.


    https://www.volleybal.nl/nieuw…oefenstage-naar-duitsland

  • Without Jasper, all other 3 OH are the same type of players. In the case of Groutheus's injury, Ned will be very vulnerable with any combination of Buijs, Meijners, Daalderop:whistle:


    I'd rather keep Jasper and cut Lohuis. I don't think she will be used at all anyways and in the case of injury of Belien/Robin, Koolhaas can replace them easily with her current shape

  • Without Jasper, all other 3 OH are the same type of players. In the case of Groutheus's injury, Ned will be very vulnerable with any combination of Buijs, Meijners, Daalderop:whistle:


    I'd rather keep Jasper and cut Lohuis. I don't think she will be used at all anyways and in the case of injury of Belien/Robin, Koolhaas can replace them easily with her current shape

    I doubt that Grothues won't be there. She is the captain of the team and she probably can be used in the backcourt, as she did the last matches in Aydin.Grothues is the only reliable receiver in the team, jasper by far isn't on the same level as Grothues... If they want to stabilise the reception, they should use on of Knip or Schoot as serve receive substitution. But they are unstable liberos, so they need a back-up. I just wish Pilon-Stam was with the team, she did such a great job as a libero:flower:

  • I doubt that Grothues won't be there. She is the captain of the team and she probably can be used in the backcourt, as she did the last matches in Aydin.Grothues is the only reliable receiver in the team, jasper by far isn't on the same level as Grothues... If they want to stabilise the reception, they should use on of Knip or Schoot as serve receive substitution. But they are unstable liberos, so they need a back-up. I just wish Pilon-Stam was with the team, she did such a great job as a libero:flower:

    I agree, Stam was one of the rare cases that a good receiver OH indeed turned into be a good libero as well:heart:

  • De Kruijf won "de Ingrid Visser" Award for the best female volleyball player of 2019.


    De Kruijf was preferred by the jury above Britt Bongaerts, who received more points from the fans with a small difference.


    The jury report says:

    "De Kruijf is very successful at her club, in both national and international competitions. And with the national team, she performed very well and stayed at her normal level where others did not perform well".


    IMHO a good and deserved winner:flower:

    I would have liked if Bongaerts won it, but I hope it gives her convidence and she develop a lot more. She can become the real leader in a couple of years for the NT!:super:

  • Today the Netherlands played 2 friendly games against Germany. Dutch NT won both matches.


    It seems Caprara already made his choice who will be the starting team.


    "A Squads"

    1-2 (23-25, 20-25 and 25-22)

    Netherlands:

    Dijkema, Sloëtjes (12), Meijners (11), Buijs (11), de Kruijf (9), Beliën (6) and schoot.

    Germany:

    Hanke (2), Drewniok (13), Orthmann (16), Geerties (9), Scholzel (8), Weizel (8) and Pogany.


    "B Squads"

    1-3 (25-23, 17-25, 21-25, 13-15)

    Netherlands:

    Bongaerts (4), Daalderop (16), Japser (13), Balkestein-Grothues (12), Koolhaas (10), Lohuis (8), Knip.

    Germany:

    Mollers (1), Vanjak (18), Poll (14), Stigrot (3), Barber (3), Ambrosius (5), Grundig (9) and Bock.