Lonneke Slöetjes leaves volleyball. The 302-time Orange International, who was already taking a break to distance herself from her sport, decided her career was definitely over.
The thirty-year-old Slöetjes played abroad at club level for years and has grown to be one of the best Dutch volleyball players of all time over the past decade. Now focused on a social profession.
Slöetjes once participated in games with Orange, which was in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The Netherlands snatched a medal in the Brazilian city for its defeat in the final of the consolation against the United States.
At the start of 2020, Achterhoekse, born with Holland, snatched a ticket to the games in Tokyo. Then Slöetjes took the time to think about continuing her career. “Over the past year I have been looking for motives and motives to come back to play,” Slowitz said on Tuesday, explaining her decision to quit.
“I didn’t feel like going back to playing. I’ve noticed that I get a great deal of energy from other things that come my way and I can learn, for example in my field of study. I also want to join my family. Close now.”
Photos from Lonneke Slöetjes’s long international career
Slöetjes won the Champions League twice
Slöetjes made its international debut in 2008 and became a top striker. In 2015, she was close to the European title with the Orange team, but in the final match at Ahoy with 11,000 spectators, Russia was very strong.
Slöetjes also made an impression at the Games in Rio, where the Dutch lost in the semifinals to later Olympic champion China. Chosen as the best Qatari player in the tournament.
At the club level, Slotice has been the most successful at Turkey’s VakifBank, winning the Champions League in 2017 and 2018. “The successes achieved by Orange and Turkish club VakifBank will always be with me,” said Slotis on Tuesday. “And of course a lot of friendships I’ve made from volleyball. It’s okay.”