Women’s NT season is coming to an end. In Europe many leagues have just started or start soon.  Next week is starting new season in Polish league. 4-5 teams should fight for a title, main contenders to title are defending champion – Atom Trefl Sopot, runner-up – Tauron Dąbrowa Górnicza and new team in league – Chemik Police.

I decided to divide all teams into 3 groups: “Favorites”, “Who can mess up” and “Background”. Teams’ distribution was made by bet predictions (Unibet). Below I present all teams with bet predictions.
Abbreviations: S-setter, MB-middle blocker, OH-outside hitte, OP-opposite, (in brackets: country abbreviation if player isn’t Polish, position, club, country club’s abbreviation if club isn’t from Poland)

Favorites

Atom Trefl Sopot (bet forecast for title: 2.75)
Head Coach: Teun Buijs (NED)

Roster:
Setters: Izabela Bełcik, Natalia Gajewska
Opposites: Judith Pietersen (NED), Anna Podolec (also OH, MB)
Outside Hitters: Kimberly Hill (USA), Charlotte Leys (BEL), Brizitka Molnar (SRB), Klaudia Kaczorowska
Middle Blockers: Yulia Shelukhina (UKR/POL), Zuzanna Efimienko, Justyna Łukasik
Liberos: Mariola Zenik, Magdalena Kuziak

Arrived: Pietersen (Dresdner SC, GER), Leys (Dąbrowa Górnicza), Molnar (Galatasaray Istnabul, TUR), Hill (Pepperdine Univeristy, USA), Efimienko (Conegliano, ITA), Gaejwska (Murowana Goślina, back from loan)
Left: Dorota Wilk (S, Bielsko-Biała), Sylwia Wojcieska (MB, Muszyna – rumour), Erika Coimbra (BRA, OH, Brasilia, BRA), Noris Cabrera (CUB, OH/OP), Anita Kwiatkowska (OP) (both to Łódź), Rachel Rourke (AUS, OP/OH, Rabita Baku, AZE), Dorota Pykosz (MB)

Chemik Police (bet forecast for title: 2.75)
Head Coach: Mariusz Wiktorowicz

Roster:
Setters: Maja Ognjenovic (SRB), Lucie Muhlsteinova (CZE)
Opposites: Ana Bjelica (SRB), Izabela Kowalińska (also OH)
Outside Hitters: Małgorzata Glinka-Mogentale (also OP), Anna Werblińska, Joanna Mirek (also OP), Justyna Raczyńska, Anna Grejman (also OP)
Middle Blockers: Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza, Katarzyna Gajgał-Anioł, Katarzyna Mróz, Dominika Sobolska (POL/BEL)
Liberos: Agata Sawicka, Aleksandra Krzos

Arrived: Ognjenovic (Wrocław), Bjelica (Crvena Zvezda Belgrad, SRB), Glinka (Vakifbank Istanbul, TUR), Werblińska, Bednarek, Gajgał (all from Muszyna), Grejman (Bydgoszcz), Sawicka (Bielsko-Biała)
Left: Agniesza Rabka (S, retired), Magdalena Soter (MB, AZS Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, 1st league), Anna Karpicz (OH, Chemik II Police), Izabela Śliwa (L, Aurubis Hamburg, GER), Vesna Jovanovic (SRB, MB), Veronique Hudima (UKR/FRA, OH/OPP), Kinga Zielińska (OH/OPP)

Tauron MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza (bet forecast for title: 4.00)
Head Coach: Waldemar Kawka

Roster:
Setters: Marina Katic (CRO), Anna Kaczmar
Opposites: Katarzyna Zaroślińska, Natalia Guadalupe Brussa (ARG/ITA)
Outside Hitters: Welissa Gonzaga “Sassá” (BRA), Elżbieta Skowrońska, Joanna Szczurek, Katarzyna Urban
Middle Blockers: Rachael Adams (USA), Eleonora Dziękiewicz, Aleksandra Liniarska, Bożena Wylężek (junior)
Libero: Krystyna Strasz

Arrived: Katic (Piła), Kaczmar, Dziękiewicz (both from Muszyna), Brussa (Idea Bologna, ITA), Sassá (Sesi Sao Paulo, BRA), Urban (AZS Kraków, 1st league, back from loan), Adams (Bydgoszcz)
Left: Frauke Dirickx (BEL, S), Joanna Kaczor (OP) (both to Wrocław), Magdalena Śliwa (S), Natalia Nuszel (OH/OP) (both to Łódź), Maja Tokarska (MB) (Novara, ITA), Ivana Plchotova (CZE, MB, Muszyna), Milena Stachiotti (ITA, MB, Pszczyna, 2nd league), Charlotte Leys (BEL, OH, Sopot)

Who can mess up

Impel Wrocław (bet forecast for title: 7.50)
Head Coach: Tore Aleksandersen (NOR)

Roster:
Setters: Frauke Dirickx (BEL), Magdalena Gryka (GER/POL)
Opposites: Joanna Kaczor, Katarzyna Konieczna (also OH), Katarzyna Mroczkowska (also OH, MB)
Outside Hitters: Maren Brinker (GER), Patrycja Polak (also OP), Bogumiła Pyziołek, Ewelina Sieczka
Middle Blockers: Makare Wilson (USA), Monika Martałek, Agnieszka Kąkolewska
Libero: Dorota Medyńska

Arrived: Dirickx, Kaczor (Dąbrowa Górnicza), Gryka (Dresdner SC, GER), Brinker (Busto Arsizio, ITA), Sieczka (Bielsk-Biała), Martałek (Piła), Kąkolewska (SMS Sosnowiec, 1st league)
Left: Maja Ognjenovic (SRB, S, Police), Marta Haładyn (S, NawaRo Straubing, GER, 2nd league), Wioletta Szkudlarek (MB, VC  Oudegem, BEL), Vesna Djurisic (SRB, MB), Milena Rosner (OH), Katarzyna Jaszewska (OH), Aleksandra Folta (OP/OH)

Muszynianka Fakro Muszyna (bet forecast for title: 12.00)
Head Coach: Bogdan Serwiński

Roster:
Setters: Magdalena Mazurek, Gabriela Jasińska
Opposites: Magdalena Piątek, ? (foreign OP may appear)
Outside Hitters: Karolina Rózycka, Aleksandra Jagieło, Natalia Kurnikowska (also OP), Emilia Mucha
Middle Blockers: Ivana Plchotova (CZE), Justyna Sosnowska, Dominika Golec (not certain if she’ll play here), Sylwia Wojcieska (rumour)
Libero: Paulina Maj

Arrived: Mazurek (Bydgoszcz), Jasińska (Murowana Goślina), Piątek (Łódź), Różycka (Yesilyurt Bakirkoy), Kurnikowska (Białystok), Mucha (Bydgoszcz)
Left: Valentina Serena (ITA, S, Iqtisadchi Baku, AZE), Anna Kaczmar (S, Dąbrowa Górnicza), Eleonora Dziękiewicz (MB, Dąbrowa Górnicza), Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza (MB), Katarzyna Gajgał-Anioł (MB), Anna Werblińska (OH) (all Chemik Police), Helene Rousseaux (BEL, OH, Modena, ITA), Kinga Kasprzak (OH/OP, Shanghai, CHN), Sanja Popovic (CRO, OP/OH, Dinamo Moscow, RUS), Dominika Sieradzan (OP/OH, Hôtel Cristal VFM, SUI)

BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biała (bet forecast for title: 100.00)
Head Coach: Mirosław Zawieracz

Roster:
Setters: Dorota Wilk, Marta Szymańska
Opposites: Helena Horka (CZE) (also OH), Laura Tomsia
Outside Hitters: Heike Beier (GER), Monika Czypiruk-Solarewicz (also OP), Karolina Ciaszkiewicz, Koleta Łyszkiewicz (also OP), Natalia Strózik (also OP), Joanna Prokop
Middle Blockers: Małgorzata Lis, Danijela Nikic (SRB), Sylwia Pelc, Aleksandra Trojan, Paulina Stroiwąs
Libero: Mariola Wojtowicz

Arrived: Wilk (Sopot), Tomsia (Białystok), Beier (Casalmaggiore, 2nd league ITA), Ciaszkiewicz (back after maternity), Strózik (SMS Sosnowiec, 1st league), Lis (Piła), Nikic (Makropoulo, GRE), Trojan (Murowana Goślina, 1st league)
Left: Joanna Wołosz (S, Busto Arsizio, ITA), Gabriela Wojtowicz (MB, maternity), Milada Bergrova (CZE, MB, retired), Ewelina Sieczka (OH, Wrocław), Elisa Cella (ITA, OH, Beziers, FRA), Joanna Frąckowiak (OH/OP, Pavia, ITA, 2nd league), Agata Sawicka (L, Police)

Beef Master Budowlani Łódź (bet forecast for title: 100.00)
Head Coach: Adam Grabowski

Roster:
Setters: Magdalena Śliwa, Ewa Cabajewska
Opposites: Tabitha Love (CAN) (also OH), Anita Kwiatkowska (also OH)
Outside Hitters: Noris Cabrera (CUB) (also OP), Natalia Nuszel (also OP), Martyna Grajber, Dorota Ściurka
Middle Blockers: Olga Trach (UKR), Aleksandra Sikorska, Sylwia Pycia
Libero: Agata Durajczyk

Arrived: M.Śliwa, Nuszel (both from Dąbrowa Górnicza), Cabajewska (Białystok), Love (Caguas, PUR), Kwiatkowska, Cabrera (both from Sopot), Grajber (SMS Sosnowiec, 1st league), Trach (Pireus, GRE)
Left: Marta Wójcik (S), Courtney Thompson (USA, S), Dominika Golec (MB, Muszyna?), Katarzyna Bryda (OH/OPP, Sparta Warszawa, 1st league), Ewelina Mikołajewska (OH, Karpaty Krosno, 1st league), Aleksandra Kruk (OH, AEK Athens, GRE), Magdalena Piątek (OP, Muszyna), Paola Ampudia (COL, OP/OH)

Background

PTPS Piła (bet forecast for title: 250.00)
Head Coach: Dariusz Luks

Roster:
Setters: Irina Archangielska, Emilia Kajzer, Klaudia Konieczna (junior)
Opposites: Natalia Krawulska (also OH), Magdalena Wawrzyniak
Outside Hitters: Joanna Kuligowska, Agata Babicz, Daria Paszek, Tijana Malesevic? (SRB, not sure if she’ll play), Coleen Ward? (USA, player is testing)
Middle Blockers: Faime Kingsley (USA), Tricia Mayba (CAN) (also OP), Anna Stencel (junor), Anna Kudakova (UKR, player is testing)
Libero: Marta Kuehn-Jarek

Arrived: Babicz (Aleksandrów Łódzki, 1st league), Mayba, Kingsley, Kuehn-Jarek (Bydgoszcz)
Left: Monika Naczk (MB), Katarzyna Wysocka (L) (both to Bydgoszcz), Małgorzata Lis (MB, Bielsko-Biała), Monika Martałek (Wrocław), Lucyna Borek (L)

Pałac Bydgoszcz (bet forecast for title: 400.00)
Head Coach: Rafał Gąsior

Roster:
Setters: Marta Biedziak, Yana Savochkina (UKR)
Opposites: Tamara Kaliszuk, Zuzanna Czyżnielewska, Zuzanna Pieczka
Outside Hitters: Agata Karczmarzewska-Pura (also OP), Paulina Głaz, Kinga Dybek, Julia Twardowska
Middle Blockers: Monika Naczk, Katarzyna Połeć, Ewelina Janicka
Libero: Katarzyna Wysocka

Arrived: Savochkina, Kaliszuk (Aleksandrów Łódzki, 1st league), Karczmarzewska-Pura (Chorzów, 1st league), Pieczka, Twardowska, Janicka (all from SMS Sosnowiec, 1st league), Dybek (Warszawa, 1st league), Połeć (AZS kraków, 1st league), Naczk, Wysocka (both from Piła)
Left: Magdalena Mazurek (S),  Justyna Sosnowska (MB), Emilia Mucha (OH), (all to Muszyna), Rachael Adams (USA, MB, Dąbrowa Górnicza), Katarzyna Szostak (MB, Elbląg, 2nd league), Ewelina Krzywicka (OH, Toruń, 1st league), Anna Grejman (OH, Police), Rita Lilliom (HUN, OH/OP, Yesilyurt, TUR), Alicja Walczak (L, Świecie, 2nd league), Marta Kuehn-Jarek (L, Piła), Mayvelis Martinez Adlun (OH/OP/L), Dominika Schulz (MB)

Siódemka SK Bank Legionovia Legionowo (bet forecast for title: 500.00)
Head Coach: Maciej Kosmol

Roster:
Setters: Kinga Bąk, Olga Raonic (SRB)
Opposites: Berenika Tomsia (also MB, OH), Marta Łukaszewska
Outside Hitters: Anna Sołodkowicz, Aleksandra Wójcik, Tamara Rakic (SRB), Anna Rybaczewski (FRA/POL) (also OP)
Middle Blockers: Lauren Barfield (USA), Katarzyna Jóźwicka (also OP), Karolina Szymańska
Libero: Magdalena Saad

Arrived: Raonic (Subotica, SRB), Tomsia (Fenerbahce Istanbul, TUR), Rybaczewski (Mulhouse, FRA), Rakic (Krasnoyarsk, RUS), Barfield (Linz, AUT), Wojcik, Szymańska (both from SMS Sosnowiec, 1st league)
Left: Kristina Mikhailenko (BLR, OP, Dresdner SC, GER), Małgorzata Skorupa (MB, Sparta Warszawa, 1st league), Barbara Bawoł (OH, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, 1st league), Karolina Dąbkowska (L, Nike Węgrów, 2nd league), Gergana Marinova (BUL, S), Natalya Matseichyk (BLR, MB), Ilona Gierak (OH), Iga Chojnacka (OH/OP/MB), Marta Siwka (L)

Checking all teams on paper in final should fight Atom and Chemik, who have the best foreigners in league, many Polish present and former NT players play there. Additional trump for Atom is foreign coach, Teun Buijs. Also Tauron and Impel have relatively big chances for a title. Impel has also foreigner, Tore Aleksandersen as coach, many Polish NT members and strong foreign players (Brinker, Dirickx, Wilson). Tauron has strong Polish players (Skowrońska, Strasz, Dziękiewicz) and Brazilian star Sassá. Though, she isn’t in NT anymore and she’s getting older, she can shine in Poland even more than Erika Coimbra in last season. Big unknown is Muszyna with not so strong line-up. They bought many young players and few more experienced. Mystery is foreign Opposite, who’ll play there. It’s certain that it won’t be Margareta Kozuch, who probably will play in Azeryol Baku. Surprise can also Legionovia, with converted to OP from MB Berenika Tomsia and Anna Rybaczewski.

My prediction:
1. Atom
2. Chemik
3. Impel
4. Tauron
5. Aluprof
6. Muszynianka
7. Legionovia
8. Beef Master
9. PTPS
10. Pałac