Some news from Solingen (aka Bergische Volleys
New players are:
Trainer: Johan Isacsson (SWE, Linköping/SWE)
Libero: Róbert Bene (HUN, Szolnok/HUN)
Outside: Iurgen Hummes Specht (BRA, Szolnok/HUN), Gerrard Lipscombe (AUS, Luzern/SUI)
Middle: Andrew Benz (USA, Irvine/USA)
If you see the other rosters, they are still the candidate number one for going down for me.
So they now have
Tick, Trick and Track,Ray, Roy and Ryan. There would still be place for a Rory.....
Gallagher ? The guitarist ?
Düren today announced Gilles Braas from Waferdingen (LUX) as their second setter.
Lüneburg announced Roy Ching (NZL, BU Bobcats/CAN) as their new outside.
They also claim, that their roster is complete now.
But nobod knows how it looks like (ok, except my guess ... but it's only a good guess).
Rottenburg announced two transfers;
Paul Henning (middle) from VCO Berlin and
Idner "Idi" Faustino Martins (outside) from Jakarta Elctric (INA).
"Idi" is well known in Germany, but 39 meanwhile. Let's wait ...
A real good transfer. The people there obviously know what they are doing. [...]
This is an intersting transfer for the league. But don't get me wrong: If I had their money, I also would know what to do ...
Some clubs simply can't afford salaries in the upper 5 or lower 6 digit range per season.
Lüneburg announced Ray Szeto (CAN) from St. Nazaire (FRA) as a new outside.
Also today United Volleys Rhein-Main (Frankfurt) announced Sebastian Schwarz (from Jastrzebski Wegiel, POL) as their new outside.
Together with Lincoln Williams (AUS) now this roster looks quite competitive.
Düren today announced a new outside hitter:
19 years old, lefthanded Julius Firkal (SVK) from COP Trencin.
Trainer: Isacsson (SWE, Linköping/SWE)
Setters: Möller (GER/AUS, Södertelge/SWE), J. Tille (VCO Berlin)
Opposites: Nibbrig, Gosmann
Middles: Benz (USA, Irvine/USA), Klingner, Pietzonka
Outsides: Specht (BRA, Szolnok/HUN), Lipscombe (AUS, Luzern/SUI), Gies, <gap>
Liberos: Bene (HUN, Szolnok/HUN)
Rumors were not bad:
New trainer with background (some Belgian/Netherlands guy ?) The Swedish national coach can be said to have some background, yes.
Some players from USA, CAN, AUS ? See the roster and it's true ...
But compared to the others, this team will still have to fight hard to survive.
Trainer: Hans Peter Müller-Angstenberger
Setters: Jankowski, Cipollone
Opposites: Nemeth (HUN), Mönnich (VCO Berlin)
Middles: Wilmsen, Nagel, Henning (VCO Berlin)
Outsides: "Idi" Lima Martins (BRA, Jakarta/INA), Trenkler, T. Grozer, Mehlberg, Schief
All three replacements (Mönnich, Henning, Lima Martins) do not have the level of the players leaving (Metzger, Isaak, M. Karlitzek).
Trainer: Mirko Culic
Setters: Herr (CAN, Manitoba/CAN), Kaleck
Opposites: Gavenda (SVK), Krabel (Lindow-Gransee)
Middles: Sprung, Ferch, <gap>, <gap>
Outsides: Andrae, Schlag (Bühl), Timmermann, Hafemann
Liberos: Ratajczak (POL), Gust (Junior Team)
Still some gaps to be filled yet ...
Trainer: Ruben Wolochin (ARG)
Setters: Dmytriiev (UKR, Kazhrom/KAZ), Schmidgall (VYS Friedrichshafen)
Opposites: Kruzhkov (RUS, Ekaterinburg/RUS), Quafarena (ALB, Shkodra/ALB)
Middles: Mayaula (COD), Pettersson (SWE, Leuven/BEL), Goralik (VCO Berlin), Zuidberg (LUX, Tours/FRA)
Outsides: Yanagida (JPN, Suntory/JPN), Balster (VCO Berlin), Orthmann, Stöhr
Liberos: Ruiz (ITA, Moron/ARG)
Another foreigner peppered roster. Last year this policy went terribly wrong ...
Mote got injured before last season and as far as i remember, his contract with Berlin was resolved. Since then, i haven't heard any news about him. Don't know either where Mustedanovic and Ondrovic will play next season.
Mote played for Australia in the WC qualifiers and it looked as if he is nearly fully recovered.
Ondrovic signed in Czech Republic.
Another player i am missing is United Volleys' Jan Klobucar. I can't remember reading about him.
Some weeks ago it was not clear yet, if he will stay. If he does not, it will be a great loss for Frankfurt, especially in reception.
Fitterer will not play for Lüneburg again. The new canadian guy, Sclater, is supposed to play opposite.
Regarding Cody Kessel, i expect him back in Lüneburg. They already announced during last season that they extended the contract for another season. Michael Brinkley will not come back.
Good info. I will edit the roster.
Generally i have to say, that i don't like Lüneburg's information policy this year. Social media doesn't seem to exist for them and a lot of the abovementioned names are not officially confirmed yet. If even they don't care, why should anyone else do? Lets remember that, in the near future, they want to fill a 3500 places arena......
Perfectly expressed ...
Trainer: Max Hauser
Setters: Sladecek (SVK, Szczechin/POL), Krüger (Warner/USA)
Opposites: C. Marks (Solingen), Kessler (2nd team)
Middles: Brown (CAN, Lakkapää/FIN), W. Nilsson (SWE, Linkoping/SWE), Grabmüller (AUT), Wehl
Outsides: Strohbach, Zemlik (POL, Gdansk/POL), Peter (VI Frankfurt), F. Malescha
Liberos: F. Tille
After P. Steuerwald left, the skies in Herrsching were really dark.
But now I am really positively surprised with this roster.
Trainer: Stefan Hübner
Setters: van Solkema (NED, Arnhem/NED), A. Kocian
Opposites: Sclater (CAN, Trinity Western/CAN), Pörner
Middles: Baxpöhler (Bühl), Schlien, Kruse, Krage
Outsides: Pompe, Kessel (USA), Szeto (CAN, St. Nazaire/FRA), Ching (NZL, BU Bobcats/CAN), Radzuweit
Liberos: Koslowsky (CAN, Team Canada/CAN), Brüggemann
I still expect news in the middle.
Trainer: Falter (GER)
Setters: D’Hulst (BEL, Roeselare/BEL), Braas (LUX, Waferdingen/LUX)
Opposites: Buidvits (LAT, Pärnu/EST), Prolingheuer
Middles: Andrei, Broshog, Zachrich
Outsides: Westphal (Tabriz/IRI), Sauss (LAT), Allik (EST), Firkal (SVK, Trencin/SVK)
Liberos: Bann (CAN)
For me this still is not a team to attack Frankfurt.