The Dutch volleyball players lost in the Nations League on Thursday.

The team of national coach Roberto Piazza was 3-2 too strong for the United States in Rimini in Italy in a blistering five-setter.

The Netherlands got off to an excellent start against the US and won the first set 25-21, after which America immediately tied the score again: 17-25.

After a 25-23 in the third set, the Orange squad saw the three-time Olympic champion come back: 15-25.

In the decisive five-setter, the Orange took a 12-9 lead, but the United States fought back to 13-13 and also won the last two points.

The fate of the Netherlands was thus definitively sealed.

With seven points, the Orange share the penultimate place in the ranking with Bulgaria.

The team of national coach Piazza has five points more than the last of Australia.

So far, only Germany and France have won.

The 16 best countries in the world participate in the Nations League.

The Netherlands, which is allowed to participate in the prestigious competition for the first time since 2017, will play five more group matches in Rimini until June 27.

Because there is no promotion and relegation scheme this year due to the corona pandemic, Orange is also assured of participation in 2022.

The top four countries qualify for the title.