Volleyball mourns former European champion Ingrid Visser
The two were found murdered near the Spanish city of Murcia. The record-international player and her partner had been missing since Tuesday, May 21 and Spanish police were actively involved in the search for the Dutch couple.
“The murder of Ingrid and Lodewijk is first of all an incredible drama for their family, friends and other loved ones,” said Michel Everaert, Director of Sports of the Dutch Volleyball Federation (Nevobo).
“Ingrid was one of the key players of the Dutch women’s volleyball team. From 1994 up to last year Ingrid totalled 514 caps, an incredible number. In 2007 I had the honour to award her our golden federation pin for her record status as an international. That her young life and Lodewijk’s have been cut short so tragically is incredibly sad and shocking. Our sympathy goes out to their families, friends and everybody that loved them,” said Nevobo President Hans Nieukerke.
Bert Goedkoop, former head coach of The Netherlands and now technical manager of the Federation added, “We could always count on Ingrid, 100%. Even in times the national team did not perform very well, she stayed true. For a long period of time, Ingrid was a certainty for the Dutch team, one of the known faces, something we highly appreciated. With the loss of Ingrid, we lose one of the biggest, most dedicated Dutch internationals ever.”
35-year old Ingrid Visser started her volleyball career in 1984 with VC Nesselande. In 1994 she beagn to play for the premier league with VVC Vught. After three years Ingrid went abroad, first to Brazil to play for the Minas Tenis Clube, which was followed by moves to Vicenza Volley (ITA), CV Las Palmas (ESP), CV Tenerife (ESP), TVC Amstelveen (NED), Leningradka (RUS) and CAV Murcia (ESP) before playing the 2011/2012 season with Baki BAKU (AZE).
Ingrid debuted in the national team in October 1994 in a friendly match against Ukraine. In total she played five World Championships, nine European Championships and the Olympics in Atlanta. In 1995 she and her team won the European Championship but finished fifth at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
Her partner, 57-year old Lodewijk Severein, was the Dutch team manager from 2006 to 2009. He played with the well-known volleyball club Martinus for years, after which he became coach and sponsor of the same club. Bert Goedkoop, who played with Lodewijk in Amstelveen said, “Lodewijk was a well-known and much liked person in the world of volleyball. Lodewijk had a big heart for volleyball and top sports and was a very successful businessman. It is a big loss for us, but mostly for his family and his loved ones.”