Volleybalsters are the ‘would be’ to WK to get
The Dutch volleybalsters start Tuesday with confidence at the world cup qualifier. Orange gets in Rotterdam her last chance to qualify for the global titeltoernooi of next year in Japan.
“We owe it to our stand required to be on the world cup. And, if we play that game, then we can have an end,” said diagonaalspeelster Lonneke Sloetjes in conversation with NUsport.
The netherlands had at the beginning of June already able to qualify for the world cup, but a defeat against Azerbaijan fell that dream when apart for the team of coach Jamie Morrison.
Orange is playing this week in Rotterdam’s Centre against Greece (Tuesday), Belgium (Wednesday), Czech republic (Thursday), Slovenia (Saturday) and Bulgaria (Sunday) to two world cup tickets.
“We know that this is the last chance and that it must now happen,” says Sloetjes, which last year, with the Netherlands fourth was on the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro.
“The world cup is paramount, especially with the goals we have towards the Olympic Games in 2020, so we have to pick up. Everyone is relaxed, that is only good. There is a good focus on on the team.”
Dutch volleybalvrouwen work relax to the crucial duels
Orange has a short pause after the at the beginning of this month, just next to a halvefinaleplek grip in the final tournament of the World Grand Prix.
“The break was more than deserved, though he was not as long as I had wanted,” says Morrison, the American who at the beginning of this year success coach Giovanni Guidetti succeeded keuzeheer.
“But the team has spent the past nine days, trained really hard and now we look forward to the world CHAMPIONSHIP qualifier. The team is relaxed. It is a fun group, they love to have fun during the workouts and feel good.”
Morrison does not want a major competitor to designate in the world cup qualifying group. On paper, Belgium (thirteenth in the world ranking), Bulgaria (seventeenth) and Czech republic (23rd) the toughest opponents for the Netherlands, which is itself the number eight in the world. Greece (64th) and Slovenia (115th) seem to be the weak brethren.
“It will be five tough matches,” says Morrison. “Each team must fight for his life. But, historically, Bulgaria, the Czech republic and Belgium the best teams.”
Orange will start the tournament in Rotterdam without Laura Dijkema. The 27-year-old spelverdeelster in the preparation sprained her ankle and will, therefore, in the first duels are not able to participate.
The netherlands, which four years ago at the previous world cup ended in the second group stage begins Tuesday night at 19.30 hrs in his first match, against Greece.
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