The year was 2008 when the Netherlands last climbed the podium of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 Women’s World Championship. It was a final that saw two Dutch pairs playing in Brighton, England, where Marleen van Iersel & Danielle Remmers prevailed against Sophie van Gestel & Michelle Stiekema.
That gold medal winning moment has been revived by Desy Poiesz & Brecht Piersma in Roi-Et, Thailand, after beating Leona Kernen & Annique Niederhauser 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) in the final and giving back that glory to their country after 15 years.
The Dutch duo got their revenge on the Swiss pair who beat them in three sets in pool play. On Sunday, they swept both their matches to grab the gold.