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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.