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  PLAYER PROFILE

Francien Huurman
 
 
Francien, born in April 1975 in the town of Pijnacker, started her international volleyball career in 1997, when she joined the national side and played her first international against Japan in the Netherlands. 

Although she was just a player on the amateur level, national team coach Bert Goodkoop invited her, together with two others to make the big step on to the international scene, because of her height. Huurman was the only one who survived, developing into a high-class player. 

Now, her 192cm makes her an excellent middle blocker for her team and she has been an integral member of the Netherlands side, making nearly 150 appearances in the orange colors. 

Her experience is a key factor for the Netherlands since she has partaken in two European Championships, one World Championship and the World Grand Prix. She went to play in Modena, Italy in 1998 before enjoying a successful stint at the Italian club Famila Imola. 

During last season, she played in the Japanese V-league, where she was one of the stars of Hisamitsu Springs, however, she is destined to leave the club as she looks for another volleyball career change somewhere else in the world.