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Kim Staelens
 

 


Kim Staelens is the youngest of a famous volleyball family. 

Father Jean-Pierre played many matches for the Belgian national team, while her older sister Chaine was one of the best talents of the world. Following her sister's knee injury, Kim is the only one of the Staelens sisters representing the Orange colors. 

Staelens grew up in Belgium, but moved to Netherlands because there were a lot more volleyball opportunities and due to her mother being Dutch, it was easy for her to obtain the Dutch citizenship.

Although Staelens is only 21-years-old, she is now the first choice setter of the Netherlands. Since Riette Fledderus retired playing for the national team in the middle of 2003, Staelens has the difficult task of replacing the setter who was always the first choice in the Dutch team since 1995. But there is no doubt that Staelens will succeed. With her 182cm her blocking capabilities are excellent, while all the opponents have fear of her jump serve.

After some successful years in the Dutch league, including a national championship with VC Weert, Staelens first went to France and is now playing for the German team of USC Munster.