Thursday, July 23, 2015

Värnamo News: Interview with Ester de Vries: "Sweden is a beautiful country"

GVK recently announced that they have acquired a new Dutch star.

"There will be a new experience for me," says Ester de Vries.

Ester de Vries will move from the Netherlands to Gislaved to complement an already strong volleyball team for the upcoming 2015/16 season.

The coach of Gislaved VK, Daniel Magnusson, described the 23-year-old as a possible dream recruitment. And, of course, Ester looks forward to moving to Sweden.

Ester de Vries, why did you choose Gislaved? You had some more options.

"I was watching some videos from GVK and I liked their level of volleyball. The team looked great and I hope to have a competitive season this season."

Why do you want to move to Sweden? What do you know about Sweden?

"From pictures, I know that Sweden is a beautiful country, but I also know that it can get very cold! And I know the Swedish language, just like Dutch, is a Germanic language."

What are your strengths in the game?

"My strengths are in my network skills. I love to attack and my best quality is blocking."

What do you know about the Swedish volleyball?

"I do not know much about the Swedish volleyball besides what I have seen on video, so this will be a new experience for me."

What do you know about Gislaved VK and their games?

"When I watched the video, I could see that GVK is very combative and motivated, and I look forward to playing with the team."

Can you say some Swedish words?

"I can only the word "'knäckebröd'" laughs Ester.

If your home is on fire, what is the one thing you would save?

"I would bring my laptop, because I have all my pictures and memories there."

What is your talent outside of volleyball?

"I like to be creative, for example, draw and paint."

When did you last laugh and why?

"Last week, I had become much better at some volleyball skills."

When you cried last and why?

"When I heard Malgorzata Glinka [female Polish volleyball player] would stop playing volleyball completely."

If someone were to make a movie about you, who would play you in the movie?

"The Dutch actress Chantal Janzen, because I love her freckles and she's a great actress."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Referral to Join GVK

Gislaved VK has signed 23-year-old Dutch attacker Ester de Vries

Ester joins GVK from the Dutch team Irmato VC Weert and most recently Volley Franches-Montagnes (Switzerland). She has received her education from the University of San Fransisco (USA).

She has belonged to the Netherland Talent Team and has played in several international tournaments with the Dutch junior national team. She has participated in pre-season with the Dutch senior women’s team.

“Ester will compliment the team in an excellent way with her experience and knowledge,” says GVK sports chief Lars Englund.

The coach Daniel Magnusson adds: “This could be a dream acquisition. When I was in Croatia for an international volleyball tournament, I met one of Ester’s university coaches and he spoke highly of her. If she comes healthy, and can enter the life in Sweden, then she will be a great addition. She hits hard and can hit well on both good and bad balls.”