DVV announced that the team will play a friendly match against Ukraine NT in Berlin on 20 May to raise funds for Ukrainian volleyball, so I thought this is the time to start a new thread.
As usual there are no official announcements yet about the invitations, but DVV had to submit a list of NT players to DOSB (German Olympics Sports Federation) on 1 January because such players are obliged to do regular doping controls and other stuff, here is the list:
S: Pia Kästner, Corina Glaab, Sarah Straube, Pia Fernau
OPP: Kimberly Drewniok, Saskia Hippe, Lara Berger, Emilia Weske
OH: Vanessa Agbortabi, Lina Alsmeier, Laura Emonts, Pia Leweling, Hanna Orthmann, Lena Stigrot, Ivana Vanjak
MB: Marie Schölzel, Camilla Weitzel, Monique Strubbe, Anastasia Cekulaev, Lea Ambrosius, Luisa Van Clewe
L: Anna Pogany, Linda Bock, Elisa Lohmann
As for the setters, Kästner will surely be main setter and IMO Straube should be backup if her current knee injury heals well. Glaab will be there as well, I don't think Fernau has a place in the main team.
For OPP, I really don't want Hippe back again she contributed nothing last year and isn't even playing well in Romania now. Berger is showing some decent development but she's still far from international level, but she should at least practise with NT IMO. No idea about Weske, she's still in NCAA and will remain there for next year.
For OH, Vanjak still seems to be recovering from her knee injury so I don't expect her in NT this summer. IMO Anne Hölzig deserves an invitation much more than Pia Leweling I have no idea how Agbortabi is playing in Turkey but I don't think her level is close to Alsmeier/Orthmann/Stigrot/Emonts, if Emonts really will spend another summer with NT though...
For MB, Lea Ambrosius has been out with illness for quite a while now so it's questionable if she makes NT this year, the other options should be as written above.
We already heard that Heynen invited Antonia Stautz as libero (), but now that Linda Bock is back to playing as libero in Dresden it should be her and Pogany as libero duo.