Dusseldorf, Germany, April 13, 2011 – After a taste of the big time last year, Germany's Jana Kohler is hungry for more when the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour 2011 kicks off in Brasilia on Sunday.
Kohler's goal is for her and team-mate Julia Sude to become regular competitors in the main draw – and eventually a force on the tour. "We want to repeat our good performances from the country quota last season and also to develop our skills and continue playing in the main draw," Kohler told the German Volleyball Federation website.
Kohler praised the efforts being made to develop beach volleyball in Germany, and cited the improved ranking of not just herself but also Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig, and Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler as a sign of the sport's progress.
Yet, with 15 women's events on the world tour this year, the 25-year-old is well aware that a tough challenge lies ahead. "We would like to follow up on the good results we had in the country quota last season, so that we can make it to the qualification and then to the main draw. We have shown that if we get there, we can win matches and that is our goal.
"The pre-Olympic year is tight, but that goes for all teams," added Kohler who is planning to "play all the tournaments for us to play in the main draw" and is looking forward in particular to the CEV European Championship in Stavanger and the FIVB World Championship in Rome.