PRESS RELEASE 25.08.2003


German captain striving for full potential

Frankfurt/Main, Germany - Ten days before the beginning of the European Championship on Sept. 5 in Germany, the German national team captain Stefan Hübner is on track to reach his full potential, the German news agency pps reported. Hübner was plagued with injury during the World League and was only able to compete in one international match against Tunisia this season but he faced a tough test this weekend in the Four Nations tournament in Poland.

"I am happy with my block and with my attacking ability but I must improve my service,” said the 28-year-old after his return to Germany.

"Stefan played well, but it was obvious that he is missing competition practice and clearly he was missing something with his service,“ said co- trainer Ulf Quell. "After a long break through injury Stefan has improved his blocking and we will see that his attacking and his speed will also improve,” the trainer added.

The next few training days and the two matches against Olympic champions Serbia and Montenegro in Trier (Aug 30-31) will allow him to develop his full potential, according to the trainer.

In the four nations tournament Germany lost against Poland and the Netherlands but defeated Spain. "We played badly against the Netherlands, but it was ok against the other teams,“ Hübner said. “ We are steadily improving."