Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

  • Probably due to official source following teams will be on board, essentially the very same as last time without Köpenick:


    1. SSC Palmberg Schwerin
    2. Allianz MTV Stuttgart
    3. Dresdner SC
    4. SC Potsdam
    5. VC Wiesbaden
    6. Rote Raben Vilsbiburg
    7. USC Münster
    8. Ladies in Black Aachen
    9. VfB Suhl LOTTO Thüringen (Thuringia)
    10. Schwarz-Weiß Erfurt (pleading successfully for free slot in 1. league)
    11. VC Olympia Berlin (special permission by federation DVV and VBL)


    volleyball magazine official VBL statement first league license applicants


    As of 31. May 2017 Köpenick announced getting out of first league - not using license for this season due to financial reasons.

  • A few remarks: Köpenick is not 100% sure regarding financial state, but they think they should finish it positively.


    VCO Berlin will play with new, much younger roster, so it is questionable, if this will not result in losing all sets clearly like two years ago against the professional teams.


    Erfurt has both the financial state and an adequate, rule conforming hall, so they should be accepted by VBL, because even with them there are just 11 professional teams (VCO is not counting into this league size) like before, while 12 is the officially (rules book) desired number.


    From second league none of the altogether three eligible teams had the financial resources to request a first league license (Leverkusen from North, Offenburg and Straubing from South).


    Opposed to men's league there were no wildcard applicants at all (for example with Lohhof one could think of such a trial, but they also found not the money to do so).

  • Coach: Felix Koslowski


    S:
    Denise Hanke (GER, 1989)
    Kaisa Alanko (FIN, 1993)


    OPP:
    Louisa Lippmann (GER, 1994)


    OH:
    Jennifer Geerties (GER, 1994)
    Martenne Bettendorf (USA, 1994)
    Gréta Szákmary (HUN, 1991)
    Elisa Lohmann (GER, 1998 ) - also L
    Jelena Oluic (SRB, 1994)


    MB:
    Lauren Barfield (USA, 1990)
    Marie Schölzel (GER, 1997)
    Sabrina Krause (GER, 1998 )
    Beta Dumančić (CRO, 1991)


    L:
    Luna Carocci (ITA, 1988 )



    Leaving:


    Ariel Gebhardt (Turner) (USA, 1991) (retired)
    Maren Brinker (GER, 1986)
    Hannah Tapp (USA, 1995)
    Lousi Souza Ziegler (BRA, 1985)
    Lexi Dannemiller (USA, 1993)
    Lenka Dürr (GER, 1990)

  • Coach: Giannis Athanasopoulos


    S:
    Pia Kästner (GER, 1998 )
    Femke Stoltenborg (NED, 1991)


    OPP:
    Deborah van Daelen (NED, 1989)
    Nikoleta Perovic (MNE, 1994)


    OH:
    Renata Sandor (HUN, 1990)
    Michaela Mlejnkova (CZE, 1996)
    Julia Schaefer (GER, 1996)
    Nika Daalderop (NED, 1998 )


    MB:
    Micheli Tomazela Pissinato (BRA, 1984) - season threatening injury
    Molly (Mallory) McCage (USA, 1994)
    Jenna Potts (USA, 1994)
    Paige Tapp (USA, 1995)


    L:
    Teodora Pusic (SRB, 1993)
    Annie Cesar (GER, 1998 )


    Remark:


    three federal base players get dual license for both 1. and 2. league: Julia Wenzel (OH, like last year), Lena Große-Scharmann (OPP) and Sophia Bodlee (L).


    Leaving:


    Valerie Nichol (USA, 1993)
    Aiyana Whitney (USA, 1993)
    Nia Grant (USA, 1993)
    Kim Renkema (retired, but changes from captain into head of team)
    Wanna Buakaew (THA, 1981)
    Jennifer Pettke (GER, 1989)


    (roster is now finalized)

  • Coach: Alexander Waibl


    S:
    Mareen Apitz (GER, 1987)
    Madison Bugg (USA, 1994)


    OPP:
    Piia Korhonen (FIN, 1997)
    Rica Maase (GER, 1999)


    OH:
    Eva Hodanova (CZE, 1993)
    Katharina Schwabe (GER, 1993)
    Dominika Strumilo (BEL, 1996)
    Marrit Jasper (NED, 1996)


    MB:
    Barbara Wezorke (GER, 1993)
    Ivana Mrdak (SRB, 1993)
    Saša Planinšec (SLO, 1995)


    L:
    Myrthe Schoot (NED, 1988 )
    Michelle Petter (GER, 1997)


    Leaving:
    Lucie Smutna (CZE, 1991)
    Jocelynn Birks (USA, 1993)
    Jennifer Cross (CAN, 1992)
    Barbora Purchartova (CZE, 1992)
    Brittnee Cooper (USA, 1988 )
    Liz McMahon (USA, 1993)
    Valerie Courtois (BEL, 1990)
    Amber Rolfzen (USA, 1994)
    Kadie Rolfzen (USA, 1994)


    Remark: roster completed for the time being.

  • Coach: Dirk Groß


    S:
    Irina Kemmsies (GER, 1996)
    Lia-Tabea Mertens (GER, 1994)


    OPP:
    Kimberly Drewniok (GER, 1997)
    Annalena Mach (LUX, 1995)


    OH:
    Karolina Bednarova (CZE, 1986)
    Tanja Großer (GER, 1993)
    Dora Grozer (GER, 1995)
    Sina Fuchs (GER, 1992)


    MB:
    Simona Kosova (SVK, 1992)
    Selma Hetmann (GER, 1995)
    Jennifer Keddy (USA. 1991)


    L:
    Lisa Stock (GER, 1994)


    Leaving:


    Molly McCage (USA, 1994)
    Eszter Nagy (HUN, 1991)
    Delainey Aigner-Swesey (USA, 1992)
    Eliza Hynes (AUS, 1992)
    Alyssa Longo (USA, 1991)


    Remark: roster already completed for the time being.

  • Coach: Davide Carli


    S:
    Denise Imoudu (GER, 1995)
    Ann-Marie Knauf (GER, 1992)


    OPP:
    Marta Drpa (SRB, 1989)


    OH:
    Antonia Stautz (GER, 1993)
    Ljubica Kecman (SRB, 1993)
    Annegret Hölzig (GER, 1997)
    Natasa Cikiriz (SRB, 1995) - also OPP


    MB:
    Lisa Gründing (GER, 1991)
    Ivona Svobodnikova (CZE, 1991)


    L:
    Sophie Dreblow (GER, 1998 )


    Leaving:
    Wiebke Silge (retired, no joke! GER, 1996)
    Kimberly Drewniok (GER, 1997)
    Roslandy Acosta (VEN, 1992)

  • Coach: Timo Lippuner


    S:
    Ilka van de Vyver (BEL, 1993)
    Clarisa Sagardia (ARG, 1989)


    OPP:
    Dayana Segovia (COL, 1996)


    OH:
    Anja Zdovc (SLO, 1987)
    Laura Künzler (SUI, 1996) (also OPP)
    Lena Stigrot (GER, 1994) - also OPP


    MB:
    Leonie Schwertmann (GER, 1994)
    Jennifer Pettke (GER, 1989)
    Marlies Wagendorp (NED, 1993)
    Mira Heimrich (GER, 1996)


    L:
    MIchaela Bertalanitsch (GER, 1991)


    Leaving:
    Barbara Wezorke (GER, 1993)
    Naoko Hashimoto (JPN, 1984)
    Lauren Plum (USA, 1992)
    Mona Elwassimy (GER, 1990)
    Courtney Felinski (USA, 1992)
    Srna Markovic (AUT, 1996)
    Kerley Becker (BRA, 1986)
    Saana Koljonen (FIN, 1988 )
    Kerley Becker (BRA, 1986)
    Liana Mesa (CUB, 1977, retires, but stays there in coaching staff)

  • Coach: Teun Buijs


    S:
    Mareike Hindriksen (GER, 1987)
    Katja Kylmäaho (FIN, 1994)


    OPP:
    Lina Alsmeier (GER, 2000) (also OH)
    Ivana Bulajic (SRB, 1991) (maybe also MB)


    OH:
    Ines Bathen (GER, 1990)
    Lena Vedder (GER, 1995) (maybe also OPP) injured for rest of season
    Chiara Hoenhorst (GER, 1997)
    Luisa Keller (GER, 2001) (also OPP)
    Ivana Vanjak (GER(/CRO), 1995)
    Nadja Schaus (GER), 1984 (universal?)


    MB:
    Juliane Langgemach (GER, 1994)
    Juliët Lohuis (NED, 1996)
    Roosa Laakkonen (FIN, 1994)


    L:
    Lisa Thomsen (GER, 1985)


    Leaving:
    Linda Dörendahl (L)
    Sina Fuchs (OH)
    Britt Bongaerts (NED, 1996)
    Jennifer Keddy (USA. 1991)
    Kaisa Alanko (FIN, 1993)
    Erica Wilson (USA, 1991)
    Bogdana Anisova (UKR, 1992)


    Roster is finalized.

  • Valerie Nichol is very popular in Stuttgart, especially among young volleyball playing girls as a very skilled setter. But reality is, that there is internationally a high demand for good setters and there are many clubs out there with considerable higher budgets than us, especially other than in German league.

  • Valerie Nichol is very popular in Stuttgart, especially among young volleyball playing girls as a very skilled setter. But reality is, that there is internationally a high demand for good setters and there are many clubs out there with considerable higher budgets than us, especially other than in German league.


    Yes, I suppose she will receive many different offers, she did really good job in Sttugart.

  • Coach: Saskia van Hintum


    S:
    Britt Bongaerts (NED, 1996)
    Lindsay Dowd (USA, 1991)


    OPP:
    Frauke Neuhaus (GER, 1993)
    Jelena Sunjic (CRO, 1994)


    OH:
    McKenzie Adams (USA, 1992)
    Nicole Oude Luttikhuis (NED, 1997)
    Karolina Pisla (POL, 1996)


    MB:
    Anna Kalinovskaya (BLR, 1985)
    Tessa Polder (NED, 1997)
    Jeanine Stoeten (NED, 1991)


    L:
    Kirsten Knip (NED, 1992)


    Leaving:


    Femke Stoltenborg (NED, 1991)
    Nika Daalderop (NED, 1998 )
    Ioana Baciu (ROM, 1990)