Training camps earlier than large tournaments all the time have one factor in frequent: the nearer the top, the tougher it’s to attend for the sport to finish. German volleyball gamers felt that means two weeks in the past, however they’ll solely begin the World Cup in Holland this Sunday. “After seven weeks on the Kienbaum, she began to develop cabin fever the previous few days,” Capt. Jennifer Janiska mentioned shortly earlier than departure. And nationwide coach Vital Heinen additionally joked concerning the Olympic coaching heart in East Brandenburg: “Seven weeks in Kienbaum is simply too lengthy. Long within the forest! And to get a beer exterior, you need to stroll 5 kilometers. We will not do it once more.”
Meanwhile, the gamers and assist crew of the German Volleyball Association (DVV) arrived on the court docket in Arnhem, the place they’ll face Bulgaria first. Then there can be fights with Kazakhstan, Serbia, USA and Canada. “This is a really troublesome group. If we get out of it, we have achieved one thing large. For that, the primary sport is essential,” predicts Heinen. In reality, the US Olympic champions and world champions Serbia look too robust on common days, so the DVV crew will in all probability battle for the 2 remaining spots within the intermediate spherical, particularly Canada and Bulgaria.
However, the very lengthy preparation has additionally had its optimistic facet: The energy and endurance indicators are right in order that exterior ahead Lena Stigrot isn’t afraid of the primary troublesome days of the World Cup: “Physically, we’re all in superb form. . So I’m not fearful about 5 video games in seven days.” A second perception from Kienbaum was that the gamers have been conversant in the brand new system of the nationwide coach.
It ought to even be mentioned: with programs. Because Heinen himself has not but determined which gamers he’ll begin with. Will he dare to play with three exterior strikers like within the Nations League to strengthen the protection? Or will he put Kimberly Drewniock in a nook place the place he will be much more highly effective offensively? “I do not know but. Anyway, we do not have a daily six. We have efficiently examined each programs. The hope is all the time to make use of the correct system on the proper time,” Heinen mentioned. This was achieved in a latest World Cup rehearsal in Berlin when Olympic runners-up Brazil misplaced 3-2. “The breadth of the crew is our energy. We can change equally in each place. It is troublesome for any opponent to arrange for us. We’re a bit of fortunate bag that annoys even greater opponents,” Janiska from Dresden says optimistically.
To be as versatile as potential, Vital Heinen left DVV’s diamond within the tough at residence with 19-year-old center blocker Anastasia Chekulaev of SC Potsdam. Instead, Heinen opted so as to add one other exterior striker to the 14-man squad. “Anastasia has accomplished very nicely within the Nations League and likewise in Kienbaum, however this World Cup is perhaps a bit of too early for her,” defined the Belgian.
After a rejuvenation underneath his predecessor Felix Koslowski – with simply 5 gamers remaining from the 2018 World Cup squad – Heinen is now taking a barely completely different route. With Laura Emonts and Saskia Hippe returning two extra skilled gamers to the nationwide crew after lengthy layoffs. “Now that is a really fascinating combine. Saskia and Laura have lots of expertise on the membership stage. They know their strengths nicely and calm issues down when obligatory,” says Lena Stigrot.
Heinen likes to depend on skilled guys who know completely different options in sure conditions. In 2014, he received the world championship with the Polish nationwide crew, and the bronze medal with Germany. Now she is attempting her hand on the ladies’s crew for the primary time – together with her typical humor: “I received two medals in two world championships. But I do not need to put stress on it, it is simply data,” he advised his gamers on the finish of coaching camp.
After seven weeks, they realize it nicely, and such recommendation is accepted with the mandatory calmness. Otherwise, – mentioned Stigrot, – we soak up all his expertise like sponges. There is not any stress, quite the opposite, there may be an upliftment. Because the massive purpose is the 2024 Olympics. After a 20-year hiatus, you lastly need to be there once more. And step one on the best way to Paris results in Arnhem.