22-Year Old Colombian Volleyball Player Andres Ruiz Dies

  0 Braden Keith | August 15th, 2018 | International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor, South American Volleyball

22-year old Colombian National Andres Felipe Ruiz, a former member of Croatian pro side Mladost Ribola Kastela, has died after suffering a heart-attack. The cause of the heart attack has still not been announced.

Ruiz joined the Croatian club in 2016 on recommendation of his countrymate Jose Daniel Polchlopek, and was with them for their 2017 Cup win and 2018 league championship.

His contract expired at the end of the 2017-2018 season, but coach Ivan Rančić, who is undergoing preparations with the Croatian National Team, said that the club was considering re-signing the player.

A statement on the club’s website reads:

“Today is a sad day for us, forever  he has left us one of the most beloved players, the deep spirit of our team, our Andres Ruiz, you will always be in our hearts. He is flying with angels, we will never forget you.”

It has been a hard 5 weeks for volleyball in Colombia; in July, the federation’s president Carlos Alberto Grisales Rengifo died.

Ruiz, a middle blocker and one of the team’s highest scorers, spent time with the Colombian National Team last season.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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