Ruth Zijlstra Placed

Volleybalbeurs Amerika Ruth

Date of birth:
Year of grad:



 Available Fall 2019





Country: The Netherlands
Height:  5'8 ft
Weight:  128 lbs

Personal and Academic Information 

Ruth Zijlstra is a 20-year-old girl from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, who grew up in a loving and athletic family with her parents and two brothers. Ruth is an enthusiastic and social person who is full of ambitions. She is a go-getter and wants to achieve the highest level possible in both volleyball as well as academically.

Besides her passion for volleyball and beach volleyball, Ruth is also very interested in other sports like soccer and basketball.

In addition to being a great athlete, Ruth is also an outstanding student. She graduated high school at the highest level (Gymnasium) in June 2016. In addition, she passed Anglia certifications. In August of 2016 she enrolled into college in Amsterdam and will graduate in summer of 2019. Ruth still has the dream to play college volleyball in the USA and is therefore looking to pursue a graduate degree in the fall of 2019. 

Athletic Information 

Ruth started playing volleyball for VV Zaanstad at the age of 6 and soon her talents were recognized. During her junior career Ruth won 6 junior championships (including the Dutch national junior Championship in 2010) and 1 senior championship.

From 2008-2012 Ruth was selected for the National Youth selection (NVS) and she received a talent grade of the Dutch National Volleyball Federation. At the age of 12 she started to play in the women’s league in addition to her junior team.

After 11 years of playing for VV Zaanstad, she made the transfer to a bigger club US Amsterdam that plays at a higher level. In the season 2016/2017 Ruth played at the 2nd highest womens level in The Netherlands and became 3rd. In that same season she and her team reached the semi-finals in the National Cup and beat two teams of the highest league in order to get there. Last season she and her team reached promotion to the highest women's level in The Netherlands (eredivise) in which they will play this season. 

Ruth is a dynamic, fast libero with great digging skills. She has a very good foundation of defense and serve-receive-pass moves. Furthermore, she is good in reading the balls and anticipating where the ball is going. She is a great communicator in both on and off the court and she is a real team player.

Beach volleyball

Besides Ruth’s passion for volleyball, she has a big passion for beach volleyball as well. 

From 2009 until 2018, she has been player of the National Youth Selection and she got also a talent grade in beach volleyball of the Dutch National Volleyball Federation. After her start in 2009, she played all the Dutch Championships and she ended every year with a medal, Ruth won over all in different age groups: 4 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals.

She also participated every weekend in the summer tournaments in the senior competition (the highest and second highest open women’s level).