Volleying almost pulled off a minor miracle on Wednesday night, but only just about. He showed great fighting spirit against Italian club Trentino Volleys in the Champions League quarter-finals, but in the end it was not enough. Despite a 3:2 victory (25:21, 25:22, 9:25, 21:25, 15:13) they are eliminated from the queen category.
It was probably the biggest game of the season for the Volleys so far. After losing 3-0 to Trentino, they were under a lot of pressure. From the start of the first set, they seemed completely focused. They took an early 7-6 lead thanks to a strong service run from Timothée Carle, who had previously excelled in the Champions League. Benjamin Patch in particular, who struggled in the first leg, overcame this time better with attacks from him, and Nehemiah Mote, who was recently struggling with injury, scored again and again.
Thanks to a spectacular save by libero Santiago Danani, the volleys won a long rally and then the mood was on their side. They improved their serving and blocking in particular, and in the end it was an opponent’s serving error that gave them the first set.
nerves were blank
They started less successfully in the second set, where they fell four points behind. But even that didn’t bother her; Little by little they defended themselves. Thanks to an ace from Sergej Grankin, Berlin equalized 9:9. Trentino then seemed increasingly frustrated, while the volleys knew how to take advantage of the field advantage. The fans of 4157 made noise like never before this season with their gossip and drums. When Patch dug the ball down the field, Coach Énard could clearly see the relief.
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However, the volleys gave way in the third set too quickly and were even eight points behind at times. Énard took advantage of the moment to rest his usual players, giving his chance to the second row players. The public, on the other hand, took advantage of the moment to rest his voice, since he needed it in the hard-fought fourth movement. Neither team was able to clearly differentiate themselves there for a longer period of time. The nervousness of both sides was also shown by the serves, which went several times. In the end, the Italians, who had apparently warmed up in the previous set, showed more nerves and took the set.
On Saturday we go against Giesen
With that, volleys were eliminated from the Champions League, and the last set no longer played a mathematical role. However, the volleys did not seem too frustrated; they have shown this year that they can definitely hold their own at European level.
They don’t have much time to catch their breath now. The Bundesliga play-offs against Giesen are already on Saturday. If they play like they did on Wednesday in the Bundesliga, then they should have a good chance of securing the championship title again.