Women’s Volleyball World Cup 2022: The self-proclaimed bag (nd-aktuell.de)

The DVV group round captain Jennifer Janiska (r.) was in a position to beat Brazil 3-2 within the last warm-up.

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Training camps earlier than massive tournaments all the time have one factor in frequent: the nearer the tip, the tougher it’s to attend for the sport to finish. German volleyball gamers felt that approach two weeks in the past, however they’ll solely begin the World Cup in Holland this Sunday. “After seven weeks on the Kienbaum, she began to develop cabin fever the previous couple of days,” Capt. Jennifer Janiska stated shortly earlier than departure. And nationwide coach Vital Heinen additionally joked concerning the Olympic coaching heart in East Brandenburg: “Seven weeks in Kienbaum is simply too lengthy. Long within the forest! And to get a beer outdoors, you must stroll 5 kilometers. We will not do it once more.”

Meanwhile, the gamers and help group of the German Volleyball Association (DVV) arrived on the courtroom in Arnhem, the place they’ll face Bulgaria first. Then there will probably be fights with Kazakhstan, Serbia, USA and Canada. “This is a really troublesome group. If we get out of it, we have completed one thing massive. For that, the primary recreation is essential,” predicts Heinen. In reality, the US Olympic champions and world champions Serbia look too robust on common days, so the DVV group will most likely combat for the 2 remaining spots within the intermediate spherical, particularly Canada and Bulgaria.

However, the very lengthy preparation has additionally had its optimistic facet: The energy and endurance indicators are appropriate in order that outdoors ahead Lena Stigrot shouldn’t be afraid of the primary troublesome days of the World Cup: “Physically, we’re all in excellent form. . So I’m not anxious about 5 video games in seven days.” A second perception from Kienbaum was that the gamers have been aware of the brand new system of the nationwide coach.

It ought to even be stated: with programs. Because Heinen himself has not but determined which gamers he’ll begin with. Will he dare to play with three outdoors strikers like within the Nations League to strengthen the protection? Or will he put Kimberly Drewniock in a nook place the place he will be much more highly effective offensively? “I do not know but. Anyway, we do not have an everyday six. We have efficiently examined each programs. The hope is all the time to make use of the correct system on the proper time,” Heinen stated. This was achieved in a current World Cup rehearsal in Berlin when Olympic runners-up Brazil misplaced 3-2. “The breadth of the group is our energy. We can change equally in each place. It is troublesome for any opponent to arrange for us. We’re a little bit fortunate bag that annoys even larger opponents,” Janiska from Dresden says optimistically.

To be as versatile as attainable, Vital Heinen left DVV’s diamond within the tough at dwelling with 19-year-old center blocker Anastasia Chekulaev of SC Potsdam. Instead, Heinen opted so as to add one other outdoors striker to the 14-man squad. “Anastasia has achieved very effectively within the Nations League and likewise in Kienbaum, however this World Cup could be a little bit too early for her,” defined the Belgian.

After a rejuvenation below his predecessor Felix Koslowski – with simply 5 gamers remaining from the 2018 World Cup squad – Heinen is now taking a barely totally different route. With Laura Emonts and Saskia Hippe returning two extra skilled gamers to the nationwide group after lengthy layoffs. “Now that is a really fascinating combine. Saskia and Laura have plenty of expertise on the membership degree. They know their strengths effectively and calm issues down when mandatory,” says Lena Stigrot.

Heinen likes to depend on skilled guys who know totally different options in sure conditions. In 2014, he gained the world championship with the Polish nationwide group, and the bronze medal with Germany. Now she is attempting her hand on the ladies’s group for the primary time – together with her typical humor: “I gained two medals in two world championships. But I do not need to put strain on it, it is simply info,” he advised his gamers on the finish of coaching camp.

After seven weeks, they comprehend it effectively, and such recommendation is accepted with the required calmness. Otherwise, – stated Stigrot, – we soak up all his expertise like sponges. There is not any strain, quite the opposite, there may be an upliftment. Because the large aim is the 2024 Olympics. After a 20-year hiatus, you lastly need to be there once more. And step one on the way in which to Paris results in Arnhem.


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