Inside the Circle with Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn
Virginia’s Inge Kaars Sijpesteijn earned first-team All-American honors in 2006, leading the Cavaliers back to the NCAA Championships after a five-year hiatus. In 2007, Kaars Sijpesteijn repeated her honor as a member of the All-ACC team and was recently named to the ACC All-Tournament team after helping Virginia upset host Boston College with a 3-2 victory in extra time. She was named the ACC Player of the Week October 29th and been named to the National Honor roll twice this year. She sat down with VirginiaSports.com to answer a few questions about herself:
My favorite Frozen Yogurt/Ice Cream Flavor: Hazel nut Italian ice
My favorite sports figure: Roger Federer. Absolute domination and perfection
My favorite movie: Lion King
My favorite book: It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, by Lance Armstrong
My Major: Sociology
My primary inspiration in sports is: Michele Madison. She is constantly helping me improving and inspiring me to work the hardest I can. She has the ultimate feeling everything works and helps us all get in a flow.
My advice to players is: Work the hardest you can stay positiveIt’s all you.
The best thing about the University is: The athletics program.
My dream vacation would be: On a beach in Spain.
The best advice I ever received is: “It’s all you and it is in you.” Michele Madison. “Who dares to fail, has the biggest chance to succeed.” — Confucius
My favorite place on Grounds: Library
My song on the psych tape is: Michael Jackson’s “They don’t care about us”
My favorite moment in sports history: The 2001 Wimbledon final between Goran Ivanisevic and Pat Rafter
Best field hockey game I have been a part of: In an indoor youth game against MDM, we needed a five-goal difference to be in the race for championship, and did it.
Why I play field hockey: My mother made me at first, but now I like it. It’s a team sport and it’s fun.
A brief summary of my early field hockey history: I started on my seventh birthday. When I was 16 I became part of the first ladies team. I had no confidence, didn’t have a lot of fun at first, but since I started playing in the United States I have really loved it.
What do Michele Madison and her staff bring to Virginia?: Everything. Fun, knowledge, inspiration, motivation, discipline, leadership, focus, never giving up, positivity, belief, and trust. They work hard and have helped us improve and given us a new view in hockey.
Why did I choose the number that I have? My choices were 1, 11, and 23. I am not 1. The number 23 belongs to the best defender in Netherlands, and I don’t deserve that. I was 11 in Netherlands and at Michigan State, so it worked out well.
What is something about me that is unique/different? I am Dutch