The Dutch volleyball players suffered the fourth defeat at the World Cup on Friday. The team of national coach Jamie Morrison lost in four sets of defending champion China in Osaka, Japan: 19-25, 16-25, 25-21 and 19-25.
The Netherlands is only the second country in the World Cup that has managed to capture a set against China, which also had the longest end in the previous four encounters with the Dutch. With 22 hits, Ting Zhu was worth gold for the Asian formation.
The encounter with China was the ninth World Cup match for the Netherlands. Earlier, Russia, the United States and Serbia were lost, while Morrison's team settled with Argentina, Kenya, Brazil, Cameroon and South Korea.
Thanks to those results, the Netherlands is in fifth place with sixteen points, ten less than the leader in China. The US (twenty points), Russia (nineteen points) and Brazil (eighteen points) are also above Orange. Twelve countries take part in the World Cup, the number one assures itself of the world cup.
There are two more games scheduled for the Netherlands. The Orange awaits a showdown with the Dominican Republic (number eight) on Saturday and a day later the World Cup will be closed with a game against host country Japan.
The tournament in Japan applies to the Netherlands as preparation for the Olympic qualifying tournament (OKT), which is scheduled for January. The volleyball players will get a second chance to participate in next year's Games in Tokyo.