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Three stars missing from German lineup

June 22, 2005 - German head coach Hee Wan Lee named his 2005 World Grand Prix squad last Sunday and proceeded to exclude three big names - captain Angelina Gruen, Atika Bouagaa and Margarethe Kozuch – replacing them with Christin Guhr, Corina Ssuschke and Kathleen Weiß.

It is a major change to the side that claimed a final round berth at the 2006 World Championships in Japan last weekend in Dresden.

Lee said he allowed Germany’s superstar Gruen a break, “because she has been on court during the whole year to date, reaching three tournament finals with her Italian club Foppapedretti Bergamo. Physically she is OK and until the Courmayeur tournament earlier this month she was injured.“
Pic: Angelina Gruen won't be part of Germany's World Grand Prix campaign
Meanwhile, Lee confirmed Bouagaa will remain in Germany due to stress fracture problems with her leg, while Kozuch is due to return to school.

Germany will play Cuba, Italy and the Dominican Republic in this weekend’s opening round in the Italian city of Reggio Calabria.

The German team for the 2005 World Grand Prix:
Christiane Fürst, Kerstin Tzscherlich, Christin Guhr, Corina Ssuschke (alle Dresdner SC), Julia Schlecht, Cornelia Dumler, Kathy Radzuweit (alle TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Nadja Jenzewski (Zurich Team VC Olympia Berlin), Andrea Berg (USC Münster), Birgit Thumm (Rote Raben Vilsbiburg), Olessya Kulakova (Asystel Novara/ITA), Kathleen Weiß (Schweriner SC).