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Angelina Grün returns with magic touch

Angelina Grün (left) and Margareta Kozuch are from two different eras but both are flying high as stars of Germany women's volleyball
Okayama, Japan, November 11, 2011 – Angelina Grün is back with the Germany women’s volleyball team after a two year sabbatical in beach volleyball, and the iconic player has brought a new nickname with her: Magic.

That’s the way his coach Giovanni Guidetti perceives the return of one of the most heralded German women’s players in history and the impact she has had on a team full of exciting young players who reached stardom during her hiatus.

“She has brought magic to this team that, in the past, was Angelina plus the rest of the players, and now is Angelina and some other outstanding athletes,” says Italian Guidetti, who took charge of Germany in 2006.

Last December Angelina, who will be 32 next month, decided to put an end to her short beach volleyball career and asked Guidetti whether she could return.

“She is a great player and a great person and the door was always open waiting for her,” Guidetti said. “Since then she has been a silent leader, humble player and a big help for the younger players of the team. It has been like magic.”

Although Grün’s comeback has been heralded a success, her years away from the squad have seen a number of promising young prospects shine through.

“The good thing about those two years of absence is that the players learned to play without her and took big steps in their development,” Guidetti added.

Before her departure to beach volleyball, Grün was the Germany’s captain, a role that now belongs to 25-year-old Margareta Kozuch.

“Angelina has accepted her new role as the consummated professional and is doing whatever she has been asked to and working as hard as the rest of the players,” Guidetti commented.

The veteran player received a deserved rest on Friday when Germany took on Algeria following a sound effort in her team’s sensational win over FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2011 champions USA where she recorded 21 points. However she returns on Saturday when they play the Dominican Republic.

“It was important to rest her today as we also did with some of my other regular players but Angelina and the others like Kozuch, [Maren] Brinker and [Corina] Ssushke will be ready and rested for our next match.” Guidetti concluded.


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