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 ultimate warm-up.

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Training camps earlier than huge tournaments all the time have one factor in frequent: the nearer the top, the tougher it’s to attend for the sport to finish. German volleyball gamers felt that manner 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 few 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 just too lengthy. Long within the forest! And to get a beer exterior, it’s a must to stroll 5 kilometers. We will not do it once more.”

Meanwhile, the gamers and assist group of the German Volleyball Association (DVV) arrived on the courtroom in Arnhem, the place they’ll 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 huge. For that, the primary sport 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 in all probability struggle 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 right in order that exterior ahead Lena Stigrot will not be afraid of the primary troublesome days of the World Cup: “Physically, we’re all in superb form. . So I’m not frightened about 5 video games in seven days.” A second perception from Kienbaum was that the gamers have been accustomed to the brand new system of the nationwide coach.

It ought to even be stated: with techniques. 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 may be much more highly effective offensively? “I do not know but. Anyway, we do not have a daily six. We have efficiently examined each techniques. The hope is all the time to make use of the suitable system on the proper time,” Heinen stated. This was achieved in a latest 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 bit of fortunate bag that annoys even greater 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 executed very properly within the Nations League and in addition in Kienbaum, however this World Cup is likely to be a bit of 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 completely 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 quite a lot of expertise on the membership degree. They know their strengths properly and calm issues down when essential,” says Lena Stigrot.

Heinen likes to depend on skilled guys who know completely 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 ordinary humor: “I gained two medals in two world championships. But I do not wish to put strain on it, it is simply info,” he instructed his gamers on the finish of coaching camp.

After seven weeks, they understand it properly, and such recommendation is accepted with the mandatory calmness. Otherwise, – stated Stigrot, – we take in all his expertise like sponges. There is not any strain, quite the opposite, there’s an upliftment. Because the large aim 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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