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


The DVV workforce round captain Jennifer Janiska (r.) was capable of beat Brazil 3-2 within the closing warm-up.

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Training camps earlier than large tournaments at all times have one factor in widespread: the nearer the top, the tougher it’s to attend for the sport to finish. German volleyball gamers felt that approach two weeks in the past, however they are going to 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 exterior, it’s important to stroll 5 kilometers. We will not do it once more.”

Meanwhile, the gamers and help workforce of the German Volleyball Association (DVV) arrived on the courtroom in Arnhem, the place they are going to face Bulgaria first. Then there shall 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 large. For that, the primary sport is essential,” predicts Heinen. In reality, the US Olympic champions and world champions Serbia look too sturdy on common days, so the DVV workforce will in all probability struggle for the 2 remaining spots within the intermediate spherical, specifically Canada and Bulgaria.

However, the very lengthy preparation has additionally had its optimistic aspect: The power and endurance indicators are right in order that exterior ahead Lena Stigrot isn’t afraid of the primary troublesome days of the World Cup: “Physically, we’re all in superb form. . So I’m not fearful about 5 video games in seven days.” A second perception from Kienbaum was that the gamers had been acquainted with 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 exterior strikers like within the Nations League to strengthen the protection? Or will he put Kimberly Drewniock in a nook place the place he might 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 at all times to make use of the best 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 workforce is our power. We can change equally in each place. It is troublesome for any opponent to organize for us. We’re a bit fortunate bag that annoys even larger opponents,” Janiska from Dresden says optimistically.

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

After a rejuvenation beneath 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 workforce after lengthy layoffs. “Now that is a really fascinating combine. Saskia and Laura have lots of expertise on the membership degree. They know their strengths effectively and calm issues down when crucial,” 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 workforce, and the bronze medal with Germany. Now she is attempting her hand on the ladies’s workforce for the primary time – together with her common humor: “I gained two medals in two world championships. But I do not wish to put strain on it, it is simply info,” he informed his gamers on the finish of coaching camp.

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

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