Isabel Schneider of Germany

Isabel Schneider and Sandra Ittlinger are a new duo on the sands of beach volleyball. After Schneider's previous partner Victoria Bieneck ended her career, the two former German champions decided to join forces for 2022 targeting success at the European and World Championships.

Hamburger SV defender Schneider says she hopes they will play at the highest level of international beach volleyball. "Sandra is an ambitious, athletic and experienced player who, together with her previous partners, has already shown that she can beat the top teams," she said. "I am happy and very motivated to be able to work with her in Hamburg."

Her new partner, Ittlinger looks forward to the new challenge. "Because we faced each other as opponents for a long time, we have come to appreciate each other as athletes very much. I am now looking forward to expanding this at a team level and to getting everything out of us as a team. Isa is not only a very experienced player, she also has this really infectious, positive energy and I can hardly wait to be on the court next to her. In the coming weeks we will assemble our team here at our base in Hamburg and get to know each other better on and off the field."

The 27-year-old Ittlinger was a German champion with Chantal Laboureur in 2020. She played alongside Kim Behrens last season, won bronze at the German championships and came ninth at the European Championships in Vienna. Schneider, on the other hand, had been playing with Bieneck since 2017. The German champions of 2018 took fifth place at the European Championships in 2021 before Bieneck said goodbye to the sport at the German Championships earlier this year.

Sandra Ittlinger of Germany

Sandra Ittlinger celebrates a point at the World Tour event in Ostrava this year

DVV Sports Director Niclas Hildebrand said: “With Sandra and Isa, a strong and experienced team has formed in Hamburg. The two athletes have already impressed individually in the past with a powerful service game and a varied side-out. Both players definitely want to take further steps in the area of ​​high-performance sport for themselves and as a new team, and we will actively support them in this. For me it is a very interesting partnership with a great future."

"In the next few weeks we will know which trainer is responsible for us, and then we will discuss the exact priorities for 2022 with the entire team," added Schneider.