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

The Orange squad settled in the eighth finals with Germany in Plovdiv in Bulgaria: 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-23).

Since the German reunification in 1990, the Orange has not managed to beat Germany once at the European Championship in five previous meetings.

Earlier this year, the Netherlands also had to bow to the German formation (2-3) in the Nations League, just like at the beginning of last year in the decisive Olympic qualifying tournament (0-3).

In the Kolodruma Sport Hall, the Orange squad was the better team on Saturday.

Anne Buijs was crowned top scorer 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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