Posts by StefanS

    Quoted from "Matthias"

    Germany doesn't miss strong attack, Germany right now misses EVERYTHING :S
    Lenka Dürr is the only player in the current team who can compete on this level, everyone else is lost.

    Completely agree. I quit watching their match against USA yesterday, welp obviously I knew it would be impossible to beat USA, but I wanted to see some positive signs and apparently there was nothing I was impressed by. I don't really know why Pettke and Geerties were not invited or cut.

    This result confirmed my fears, that this German team is not up to the task of this rather strong pool. And I remind you, that (intermediate?) coach Felix Koslowski told before start of World Grand Prix, not descending to group 2 would be a success. Now everybody could see, why :( . Indeed the match against China threatens to become a nightmare, because error-prone playing combined with too little pressure will make China wipe them off court.

    If I good understand- to Final Six will qualify Winners of 4 Groups and 2 best Teams from 2nd places?

    Or if Host is from 1st place- 3 best Teams from 2nd places?

    I guess, that similar as until now the host is chosen from the four group winners or at most two second best teams. After that, also the third best second team will go to playoff-6.

    The full draw is here:

    Modena vs Cannes in Round 2 already :white:

    Group A will be very strong with Conegliano, Chemik and Modena/Cannes. Vakifbank drawn together with Eczacibasi in group D. Group C looks by far the weakest.

    Indeed, but omit Cannes, due to financial bottlenecks they will be easy prey for Modena.

    Group D is for sure with both Istanbul powerhouses and Ekaterinburg, so Dresden will be easy prey for all other three.

    Group C is easy living for Fenerbahce.

    Group B is interesting duel between Moscow and Volero ZÜRICH for victory in the pool.

    Great transfer by Dresden. Purchartova IMO is a very productive player, she always does something on the court. I hope she contributes a lot to her new team.

    The only thing that really counts for Dresden is the German Championship title. And because Stuttgart is constructing an even stronger roster than last season, IMHO Puchartova will be too weak at least in the season coming to help accomplish this aim. But we will see, how she develops, of course.

    Apparently it was a tough battle between VBL and Aachen yesterday, and Aachen's press release doesn't give any details, but what counts is: Aachen will continue :super:

    I still don't understand the matter of the hall: I thought the current one is now forbidden to use for first Bundesliga and I have heard nothing regarding plans for a new one. Let us hope, that they really will stay in, and not playing schedule is created and afterwards one or two of them (the other is Suhl) is retreating license anyway, ruining the playing schedule.

    Go ahead. :super: I want an exact translation of " liquiditätsäquivalente Mittelzuflüsse ". 8)

    I never expected the VBL to be this creative ;) . This is an own invention of wording, to give the club the utmost flexibility to fulfill it. I think, even a crowdfunding campaign in time over 200.000 Euro would fit to this demand, but this would not be described as "liquide Mittel", so the VBL resorted to this wording created by themselves. The expression Bürgschaft makes rather clear, what is meant: they want simply that in any way 200.000 Euro are granted to be payed for the costs of the season at least in any case (especially of bankruptcy). Of course during not owning their finances they can't create such a guarantee. That means no way out of the situation for them IMHO. And this demand is reasonable, because I dislike the way of founding a GmbH and let it going bankrupt one after another...

    Aachen actually managed to raise enough money for next season, but anyway it is possible that they withdraw their application for a license tomorrow. Among the requests from VBL is one that they can't fulfill, I have no idea how to translate it because I don't even quite understand it in German, it has to do with their ongoing bankrupcy process...Their press release from today says that if VBL insists on this request, they must withdraw the team tomorrow because after 1st June there will be a much higher fine for withdrawing.

    If you give me a hint to the text, I can translate it... the only articles I found are behind a paywall.

    As expected Turkey and Russia clubs took all 2+1 berths as they qualified in their national leagues.

    Deviations as already announced came by Poland: Chemik POLICE remains as only group phase fixed Polish club, after vice champion Atom Trefl Sopot retreated from CL for financial reasons completely, as qualifyer MKS DABROWA GORNICA replaces Impel WROCLAW (Breslau), who claimed that qualification being too difficult for non-CL-champion-capable teams. Inheritance was done by Romanian Champion Alba BLAJ, which would been only eligible for qualification process otherwise.

    The rather weak (financial bottlenecks) clubs from BAKU, Azerrail and Telekom, take part anyway. But Lokomotiv BAKU doesn't take part in qualification for CL group phase.

    The French clubs will have an extremely hard time, St-RAPHAEL takes part as newbie, but is without the slightest chance IMHO, RC CANNES with even less money than last season has no chance to qualify for group phase (likely opponent: Liu Jo Nordmeccanica MODENA, which was fusioned with Piacenza).

    German vice champion Allianz MTV STUTTGART also doesn't take part for similar reasons like Impel WROCLAW and starts in CEV cup instead.

    Czech champion Agel PROSTEJOV may have a chance to qualify against DABROWA GORNICZA, this can become interesting (if the pairings are due league rankings). Also HAIFA (Israel) and BRCKO (Bosnia-Herzegowina) are considered rather weak by me, although they are directly qualified for the CL qualification rounds.

    Not participating are also Asterix KIELDRECHT (Belgium) and Olympiacos PIRAEUS (Greece).

    Not directly eligible national champions are six (at the bottom of the list), I fear, they will be wiped out badly by the stronger teams, they had to announce via their leagues additionally their participation.

    Both are from Penn State University, they won college competition in 2013 and 2014:

    Nia Grant is central, 1,88m
    Aiyana Whitney is opposite, 1,92m

    Both want try hard to prove, they have to be in US national team (wow!).

    Obviously Nia Grant replaces Caroline Jarmoc, because Jennifer Pettke is already hired and Micheli Pissinato is known to stay.

    Whitney is the replacement for Yellow Tiger Kaja Grobelna (Belgium), who left to Polish club Budowlani Lodz.

    It seems, that only three players are now missing or need at least to be clarified:

    a second setter behind Valerie Nichol, because Femke Stoltenborg left.

    the fourth outside hitter, where only one candidate is known so far (Mari Hole, Norway, club has an option for her).

    Libera may be Lisa Thomsen, but as German national she is rather expensive for our club, so it is not yet clarified. It's annoying, that for pure financial reasons this has to be considered seriously, if a cheaper, but equally good or better solution can be found.

    So provisional partly roster for now:

    Libera: tbc, maybe still Lisa Thomsen (?)
    Setters: Valerie Nichol, NN
    Outside Hitters: Renata Sandor, Kim Renkema, Michaela Mlejnková, either Mari Hole or NN
    Opposites: Aiyana Whitney, Deborah van Daelen
    Centrals: Micheli Pissinato, Jennifer Pettke, Nia Grant

    This would mean, that they will be shutout from first league forever, because without the hall reconstruction they are not allowed to take part anymore.

    Afterwards Erfurt will represent Thuringia exclusively, but that is IMHO anyway the better and more future capable location.

    I found an article of Südthüringesche Zeitung online: it seems, the required upgrade of sports hall "Wolfsgrube" is unconditionally happening now in the time free of play, because both the parliament of Thuringia and the city council of Suhl agreed about the required money. So the hall should be acceptable since next season without special allowance even for first league.

    But the money required to play next season isn't guaranteed yet: a bid to the city council to give temporarily the still missing 120.000 Euro to the club was turned down with the smallest margin possible: the council decided 15:15, that means, money is NOT granted (no majority). Because VfB 91 Suhl has to arrive at a decision on Monday and this was the last resort, it seems clear: they have to retreat the license and continue in second league, because this would be affordable for them.

    But other than I first thought, they have the chance to get back by playing a good season in second league, if they can get the money for returning to first league afterwards.

    Bad news from Thüringen: the city Suhl decided not to support the club financially (120.000€). Without that money, Thüringen can't play 1st league. It's not official yet, but very likely that they withdraw now.

    This would mean, that they will be shutout from first league forever, because without the hall reconstruction they are not allowed to take part anymore.

    Afterwards Erfurt will represent Thuringia exclusively, but that is IMHO anyway the better and more future capable location.

    Because some experienced players finished career at least in NT and others pause, a considerable number of new names show up, I fear, they will losing mostly badly in the very tough groups they were drawn:

    L: Lenka Dürr, Sophie Dreblow
    S: Denise Hanke, Mareike Hindriksen, Lena Möllers, Denise Imoudo
    OH: Lisa Izquierdo, Lena Stigrot, Jana-Franziska Poll, Katharina Schwabe, Annegret Hölzig
    OPP: Louisa Lippmann, Hanna Orthmann, Kimberly Drewniok
    MB: Jennifer Pettke, Wiebke Silge, Berit Kauffeldt, Leonie Schwertmann, Marie Schölzel

    From 19 to 16: Jennifer Pettke, Kimberly Drewniok and Denise Imoudou will not stay any further with the team. So there are still one setter and one outside hitter more than planned. Current list:

    L: Lenka Dürr, Sophie Dreblow
    S: Denise Hanke, Mareike Hindriksen, Lena Möllers
    OH: Lisa Izquierdo, Lena Stigrot, Jana-Franziska Poll, Katharina Schwabe, Annegret Hölzig
    OPP: Louisa Lippmann, Hanna Orthmann
    MB: Wiebke Silge, Berit Kauffeldt, Leonie Schwertmann, Marie Schölzel

    Especially regarding setter this is as interesting as open I think: after Apitz and Weiss took a break, these three are the only realistic options, but it is no easy decision, I guess. Otherwise Hölzig has little chance to stay within, due to her lack of experience, which the other 4 OHs have and is important in those extremely demanding groups (to say the least).

    NawaRo Straubing after all does not get the permission to play 1st league, they couldn't fulfill the economic requests ;(

    Aachen and Münster need to improve their concept before they get the license. I'm sure Münster will make it, about Aachen I have no idea...

    Apparently Thüringen and Köpenick got the license for next season, for sure they'll be under close surveillance but it seems they could fulfill the requests as for now.

    Okay, regarding Aachen: I have still no clue, how they will accomplish all of this especially regarding hall to play, but also financally - to be honest, I would be surprised, if they should survive.

    With the form they presented in Japan they will be dangerous for the strongest teams. As we good know women volleyball is hard to predict and a lot of good tipsters have a problem with that. a specially on the olympics where all teams are trying their best. Someone asked about volleyball betting before so all Ive found is…t-successfully-volleyball. its not the best but can be helpful for someone

    Don't mix up the teams participating in Tokio with the already qualified top teams like Brazil, China, USA or Russia - I'm pretty sure, that the Netherlands, although playing really good now, have no chance at all to win a medal at Olympics and the mentioned four nations will divide the three medals most probably under each other. The only one of those the Netherlands played at all in recent times were Russia, and against them the Oranjes had no chance. So together with the lack of experience at Olympics and similar competitions so far (for example World Cup) Netherlands will get probably at most to the quarterfinals. But this would be already a success.

    From Vilsbiburg to Potsdam doesn't look like an improvement - until she can earn much more there.
    Shame that she doesn't go to Stuttgart. :( :(

    I'm not sure, if she would be such a big improvement in Stuttgarts very demanding roster, to be honest - and maybe she didn't like that tiny city Vilsbiburg and prefers a much bigger city like Potsdam in immediate vicinity of Berlin? For herself, Stuttgart would have been better than Potsdam of course, but would she get that much playing time in Stuttgart? Competition is rather hard there with Renata Sandor, Kim Renkema and Michaela Mlejnková around for any other outside hitter.