This Sunday, the group will start their struggle for the world title in Poland and the Netherlands with a sport towards Bulgaria.
Seven weeks could be a very long time. The Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Kienbaum, with a lot concentrate on sports activities, the German volleyball players and their coaches discovered a second of peace and quiet. “It’s undoubtedly going to be a sluggish start. I’ve been feeling somewhat bit of cabin fever the previous couple of days,” Jennifer Janiska says with fun simply days earlier than the World Cup kicks off in the Netherlands and Poland.
National coach Vital Heinen additionally agrees along with his participant’s opinion. “Seven weeks at Kenbaum was too lengthy,” says the Belgian. “Five kilometers after which comes the first home the place you may get one thing.” Next Sunday, the group performs the first match of the preliminary spherical towards Bulgaria in Arnhem, Netherlands (19:00/Sportdeutschland.television). Then towards Kazakhstan, Serbia, USA and Canada. The high 4 groups in the group will advance to the second spherical. Everyone, together with slasher Lena Stigrot, appreciates the preparation and the state of affairs. The group discovered its rhythm and labored diligently. It did not appear to dampen the environment. “I have to say that I have never felt such group spirit in a very long time,” says Janiska. “Everyone needs the event to start now.” As Stigrot stated, the combine of younger and outdated players is an effective match.
Several players slot in properly with the group, comparable to SC Potsdam’s Laura Emonts, who’s again after an extended layoff. “It’s tough for opponents to arrange for Germany,” says Heinen. “We have 14 comedians.” The group can play in a rotating, traditional system, in addition to a brand new one with three specialists to take. After lengthy and profitable years as the males’s coach, the transition continues for Heinen, who dared to make the soar to the ladies’s group at the starting of the 12 months. “Of course I’ve realized rather a lot, however virtually each day I nonetheless assume: Wow, I did not assume of that,” says the Belgian. It is a change of perspective that may do anybody good. Adaptation is each difficult and enriching. “We’re like swimming pools the place he soaks up his expertise and his perception in his groups,” says Stigrot.
A standout participant, Louise Lippmann, is on hiatus after switching to seashore volleyball. In the summer season, the group did not take part in the ultimate spherical of the League of Nations. “We undoubtedly wish to get via the preliminaries,” Janiska says of her World Cup purpose.
Coach Heinen has a long-term plan. “The purpose of the group is to return to the Olympics in two years,” stated the Belgian athlete, referring to the 2024 Games in Paris. This has not been potential since 2004.