A rarity in this sport, Slovak Republic’s Dubovcova/Nestarcova tandem has had no other teammates in 44 FIVB World Tour events since 2009. Dubovcova/Nestarcova will be seeded 14th at the FIVB World Championships. Both living in Bratislava, Dubovcova, 24 and 6-2 while Nestarcova, 30, 5-10 have two bronze medals and three fifth place finishes as a team on the FIVB World Tour. This will be their fifth time playing in the Netherlands and in both 2013 and 2014 they finished 17th in The Hague. They have also played once previously in the FIVB World Championships, finishing ninth in 2013 when the event was held in Stare Jablonki, Poland. The pair won both their bronze medals at FIVB Grand Slams in 2014, one in Stavanger, Norway and the other in Long Beach, Calif., USA.