Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16, 2020 – Two-time club world champion Lonneke Sloetjes has decided to take a break from playing volleyball. The Dutch opposite made the announcement on her Instagram account.
“I want to share something with you all. Lately I had a lot of time to think and I came to the conclusion that somewhere along the road I lost some of the joy of playing the most amazing sport in the world,” Sloetjes said.
“That’s such a shame because it gave me so much - I met some amazing people, reached goals, learned lessons and most of all it always made me happy.”
The 29-year-old has played some memorable matches in Dutch women’s volleyball history, and was a key player in their best ever finish at the Olympic Games and the FIVB Volleyball World Championships.
During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, she helped her squad reach the semifinals and be in the top four for the first time. In 2018, the Dutch team repeated the same feat in Japan.
Sloetjes is arguably one of the most talented opposites in the world and proved that with her former club VakifBank Istanbul, with whom she won back-to-back titles from 2017 to 2018 at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championships in Kobe and Shaoxing after a bronze medal finish in Manila in 2016.
While her time away may mean that her fans will not see her for a few months, the Dutch superstar is determined to come back stronger than ever.
“I’ve decided to take a break until January to see if I can find back that joy and love for the game, and hopefully return happier and stronger than ever,” she said.
We all look forward to seeing her again soon on court.