The Dutch volleyball men also won their second game on Saturday at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OKT) in Rotterdam. After the 3-0 victory over Belgium, the Dutch team needs a victory over the United States to secure an Olympic ticket.
The team of national coach Roberto Piazza will face the United States on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Orange itself is the global number fifteen and settled surprisingly easily on Saturday with Belgium, which is the number twelve in the world. In Rotterdam the set positions were 25-22, 25-21 and 25-20.
On Friday, the Orange opened the OKT in-house with a hard-fought 3-2 win over South Korea. The Asian number 23 of the world ranking was 0-2 in sets, but the Orange team still turned the score down.
On Friday, the US opened with a 3-1 win over Belgium. The Americans will play their second game in Ahoy against South Korea on Saturday-evening.
Second chance at Olympic ticket in January
Only the winner of the OKT qualifies for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, in which eleven countries and host country Japan participate. If the Orange does not qualify on Sunday, a last chance will follow in January 2020 to get a ticket.
An OKT is then organized on each continent with eight participating countries, of which only the winner goes to the Games. The top seven of the European rankings and the organizing country participate in the European qualification tournament.
The Dutch volleyball players qualified for the Games for the last time in 2004 and then finished ninth. In 1996 they became Olympic champions in Atlanta and four years earlier they won the silver medal in Barcelona.