When the BR Volleys entered the field on Sunday, there was a bit of a surprise: middle blocker Georg Klein was allowed to play early on to relieve teammate Nehemiah Mote. The fact that he was part of the starting eleven gave a first indication of the importance of the match: in the play-off quarter-final against Grizzlys Giesen, it was not just about laying the groundwork for a semi-final place. -ends. Above all, it was about conserving energy and keeping up the pace of the game to be fit against Trentino on Wednesday.
The confident 3-0 win (25:17; 25:13; 25:19) against the bottom of the table should have boosted the Berliners’ self-confidence.
Apart from Klein, coach Énard bet on all the usual players. Benjamin Patch, in particular, who had big problems against Trentino, handled his attacks well and was much happier in the end than he had been a few days earlier. Giesener, who reached the play-offs for the first time, entered the game in poor condition and had to get reinforcements from the third division due to a series of failures.
Klein wants to help his team mentally
On the volley side, Ruben Schott stood out in particular, putting his team in the lead right at the start of the first set with a solid series of serves. But Klein and Jeffrey Jendryk were also convincing in blocking and made it difficult for the opponent to get their attacks over the net. The volleys managed to take off quickly in the first two sets and maintain the advantage until the end.
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At the start of the third set they trailed for the first time, but even that couldn’t get them out of their rhythm and Klein converted match point to thunderous applause from the 2,524 spectators.
“It was great and a lot of fun,” Klein beamed. But he wasn’t excited. “That could happen if we reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.” Against Giesen he showed the coach that he was fit and that he would also be available against Trentino. “I’m definitely in the mood.” But even if he doesn’t have a game on Wednesday, he won’t be disappointed. Because he sees himself not only as an athlete but also as a mental support.