September 17, 2003 - Less than one week after the completion of the Men’s European Championship, Hee Wan Lee, Germany’s national trainer has named his squad of 12 for the coming Women's European Championship and said his target is for his team to place in the top six.
The women’s event is to be held in the Turkish cities of Ankara and Antalya (Sept. 20-28) and the 12 best women’s teams will fight for the continental title.
Germany meets Slovakia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Russia and Turkey in their first round group, while Italy, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine contest the second group.
For the German trainer, a sixth place or better finish puts them in the running for the European Olympic qualification tournament to be played in Baku, Azerbaijan (Jan 5-10, 2004).
Lee Katja Wühler (Rote Raben Vilsbiburg) and Birgit Thumm (USC Münster) have not been named in the squad, while Christiane Fürst (Dresdner SC) joins the lineup on Sept. 17. The 18-year-old competed in the German team at the recent Junior World Championship where Germany came in strongly at fifth place and she was named the tournament’s best blocker.
The national team is now making final preparations in Heidelberg and on Thursday leave for Ankara from Frankfurt.
Squad: Tanja Hart (SSV Ulm ALIUD PHARMA), Anika Schulz (Schweriner SC), Christiane Fürst, Kerstin Tzscherlich (both Dresdner SC), Julia Schlecht, Kathy Radzuweit, Judith Sylvester (all TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Cornelia Dumler, Atika Bouagaa (both USC Münster), Olessya Kulakova (RC Cannes/France), Angelina Grün (Volley Modena/Italy), Christina Benecke (TVF PHOENIX Hamburg)