The Dutch volleyball players reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship on Saturday.

The Orange settled in the Bulgarian Plovdiv in the eighth finals with Germany: 3-1.

The set positions in the Kolodruma Sport Hall were 25-22, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-23.

The Netherlands thus took revenge for the 0-3 defeat against Germany in the semifinals of the Olympic qualifying tournament at the beginning of 2020, as a result of which the team was missing at the Games in Tokyo this summer.

Anne Buijs was the top scorer for the Orange squad on Saturday with no less than 28 points.

Nika Daalderop was responsible for 22 points.

The team of national coach Avital Selinger will face Bulgaria or Sweden in the quarterfinals in Plovdiv on Tuesday.

Those two teams will play their eighth final on Saturday evening from 8.30 p.m.

Two years ago, the Netherlands stranded in the quarter-finals of the European Championship due to a 3-0 defeat against Turkey.

The volleyball players became European champions once, in 1995. The Orange squad was a losing finalist in 2009, 2015 and 2017.

The Netherlands (the global number nine) finished second in group D of the European Championship this week with four wins and one defeat.

Germany (eleventh in the world ranking) was the number three in group B, also with four wins and one defeat.

The Dutch volleyball players cheer for a point in Plovdiv

The Dutch volleyball players cheer for a point in Plovdiv

Photo: CEV

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