The Netherlands ended a two-year absence from the FIVB Volleyball World League by returning in 2013 with a 14th-place finish. In 2014 they qualified for the Group 2 finals, but lost to Australia in straight sets in the semifinals before going down again in straight sets to Belgium in the bronze medal game.
They made the Group 2 finals again last year, losing to Portugal 3-1 in the semifinals, but defeating Turkey 3-1 for the group’s bronze medal and 15th place overall.
The 1990s were a glorious decade for the Dutch. They finished second in the inaugural World League in 1990 and repeated the feat the following year. In 1992 they took silver at the Olympic Games in Barcelona and four years later they won gold at Atlanta 1996 as well as winning the World League title. They were runnersup at the 1994 World Championship and won two silver and two bronze medals in successive European Championships from 1989 before taking gold on home soil in Eindhoven in 1997.