The Dutch volleyball players grabbed next to third place at the European Championships on Saturday.

The team of national coach Avital Selinger had little to say against superpower Turkey and lost in three sets (20-25, 19-25 and 23-25).

The volleyball players suffered their first group stage defeat.

The Orange squad, which was sentenced to the bronze medal after last Friday's lost semi-final against Italy, got off to a dramatic start in Belgrade.

The Netherlands was constantly behind in the first set and lost the first company 20-25.

In the second set things did not go much better for the Dutch volleyball players.

The Orange still led 5-6, but the second point still went to Turkey (19-25), with a difference of six points, where former Orange national coach Giovanni Guidetti holds sway.

The third set was also a prey for the Turks, 23-25.

Despite the hopeless defeat in the semi-finals, the Netherlands performed better with a fourth place than two years ago at the previous European Championship.

Then Turkey was too strong for the Orange in the quarterfinals.

The European Championship was the first title tournament for the new national coach Selinger.

The final at the European Championship is between Serbia and Italy.

Serbia has won the European Championship in the last two editions, while Italy is in the final for the first time since 2009.

Then the Italians captured the European title for the second time in history.

Volleyball players suffer first defeat

Later in the day, the volleyball players suffered their first group stage defeat at the European Championship.

The team of national coach Roberto Piazza fought back against Russia twice, but still lost the fifth and decisive set: 13-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 and 13-15.

The Netherlands won the first two group matches at the European Championships against Spain and North Macedonia and is therefore almost certain of a place in the eighth finals.

The best four teams in a group advance to the last sixteen of the European Championship.

On Monday, the Netherlands will play again at the European Championship, which is held in four countries: Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland.

The Orange squad last became European champion in its own country in 1997.

In the last edition of the Netherlands was eliminated in the eighth finals.