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Matthias

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Thursday, March 15th 2018, 10:39pm

German NT 2018

With the club team season nearing its end, here is my prediction for NT invitations this summer. I think the core of the team will be the same as last year, plus some new/returning players on OH position and hopefully some old faces not returning anymore. Problem positions are still the same: we have no strong MBs and on libero position there is no alternative to Lenka Dürr.

Setter:
I assume Denise Hanke and Irina Kemmsies will be the main setters again. Mareen Apitz probably still isn't interested in returning to NT. Denise Imoudu didn't accept the invitation last year and IMO doesn't deserve one this year. I want to see Pia Kästner invited because she developed very well in Stuttgart and can be a good prospect for the future. Please no more Lena Möllers, she is 28 now and still the same mediocre player as ever.

Opposite:
Louisa Lippmann and Kimberly Drewniok will be there for sure, the latter plays a good season in Wiesbaden. A comeback of Saskia Hippe would be nice but actually I don't believe in it. Maybe young Aisha Skinner will get a call but I think it's too early for her to be a serious option.

Outside hitter:
I expect Jennifer Geerties, Jana Franziska Poll, Lena Stigrot, Tanja Großer and Dora Grozer to be invited again. Hanna Orthmann already received a personal invitation from Koslowski who came to Italy to watch a match of her live. Ivana Vanjak (if she wants to play for Germany) should also be called, she is a player who deserves a chance; same for Vanessa Agbortabi. Anne Hölzig had some good matches but I'm not sure if she can make it on international level. Lina Alsmeier should still play with Junior NT this summer but can be a great prospect for the future.
Please no more Maren Fromm; Laura Emonts last year declined the invitation and I don't think NT needs her that urgently.

Middle blocker:
Unfortunately there is no other choice than re-inviting the same mediocre players as last year, i.e. Jennifer Pettke, Leonie Schwertmann, Lisa Gründing, Marie Schölzel and Barbara Wezorke. In the long run Camilla Weitzel can be the best German MB since Christiane Fürst, she impressed me a lot whenever she got a chance to enter the court in Dresden but she should be with Junior NT this year. Please no more Berit Kauffeldt for the same reason as Lena Möllers.

Libero:
Lenka Dürr, but then...I didn't get to watch Anna Pogany in her Swiss team but she had pretty good stats in all their Challenge Cup matches so maybe she can be a bigger help than last year. Lisa Stock started the season pretty well in Wiesbaden but later revealed some serious reception problems, but in lack of other options she deserves a chance at least. Sophie Dreblow was supposed to be a great prospect but this season proved in Potsdam that she isn't even ready yet to play as starter libero in 1st league. If anything happens to Lenka Dürr I think Koslowski will beg Lisa Thomsen to return.

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Monday, March 26th 2018, 10:04pm

Info from several press articles: Ivana Vanjak and Maren Fromm are going to be invited to NT this summer. Fromm says that she still dreams of playing Olympic Games, she also wants to start a family but her husband is 4 years younger than her and they'll probably wait with having children until he retires.

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Thursday, April 12th 2018, 11:14am

According to press articles from Dresden and Vilsbiburg, Felix Koslowski has invited 21 players for the preparation for VNL and NT training will start on 23 April in Schwerin (for the players who have already finished their season).

I haven't been able to find the full roster anywhere but according to those articles Barbara Wezorke, Lena Stigrot, Jennifer Pettke and Vanessa Agbortabi have been invited. It means no other player from Dresden (i.e. Apitz/Schwabe) will be there.

I hope the full roster will be announced soon.

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Thursday, April 12th 2018, 12:44pm

Ivana Vanjak (Münster) is also invited.

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Friday, April 13th 2018, 5:29pm

Saskia van Hintum is the new assistant coach of German NT.
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Friday, April 13th 2018, 7:26pm

I'm happy Brinker/Fromm is called even though Idk about her staying untill Olympics, it depends I guess. Ofc she is not the best passer to put it lightly. Overall I still thought she had a decent season in Çanakkale and had some really good performances esp. offense-wise.

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Thursday, April 19th 2018, 11:05pm

VC Wiesbaden posted an article saying Kimberly Drewniok is invited to NT training starting on Monday. As they only mention her, I guess Tanja Großer and Lisa Stock will not be in NT this summer...

Still no official info from DVV, but from the articles so far we know that 21 players are in the roster for VNL and among them are Barbara Wezorke, Kimberly Drewniok, Ivana Vanjak, Lena Stigrot, Vanessa Agbortabi, Jennifer Pettke, Leonie Schwertmann and most likely Hanna Orthmann.

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Friday, April 20th 2018, 5:39pm

yaaas kimberly!
really looking forward to the official list.

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Friday, April 20th 2018, 11:25pm

Another player is known (actually since 2 days ago but I just discovered it now): Stuttgart's young backup setter Pia Kästner was invited to NT training (as I hoped...)

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Yesterday, 4:07pm

NT training starts today and DVV still hasn't published a single word, but I managed to find the 26 player roster for VNL on FIVB website and it certainly contains some surprises :what: However it's known that only 21 players will actually be in training, so some names on the roster are just there to have 26 players...

S: Denise Hanke, Pia Kästner, Magdalena Gryka, Denise Imoudu
OPP: Louisa Lippmann, Kimberly Drewniok
OH: Maren Fromm, Jana Franziska Poll, Jennifer Geerties, Laura Emonts, Lena Stigrot, Hanna Orthmann, Vanessa Agbortabi, Ivana Vanjak, Anne Hölzig, Julia Schaefer
MB: Jennifer Pettke, Leonie Schwertmann, Marie Schölzel, Lisa Gründing, Barbara Wezorke, Juliane Langgemach
L: Lenka Dürr, Anna Pogany, Elisa Lohmann, Lisa Thomsen

Absences (compared to last year's invitations): Irina Kemmsies :white: , Lena Möllers, Saskia Hippe, Berit Kauffeldt (retired), Tanja Großer, Dora Grozer

Surprises (for me): Laura Emonts, Magdalena Gryka, Denise Imoudu, Julia Schaefer, Elisa Lohmann, Lisa Thomsen

However, as I said some of the names on the list won't be in the actual training camp. I wonder what's the reason for the absence of Irina Kemmsies :S Maybe she needs the summer to finish/concentrate on her studies and will return for WCH ?(

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Yesterday, 4:19pm

It's rather surprising that we don't have Irina here......
PLZ come back in WCH

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Yesterday, 5:13pm

Irina will finish her studies soon so maybe she has to prepare for the exams.

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