Allianz MTV Stuttgart: False start for favorite sport

Losing: Mira Todorova, Simone Lee and Ilka van de Vyver from Stuttgart (from left) Photo: Bauman

The Stuttgart volleyball team surprisingly lost 3-0 to SC Potsdam at the start of the play-off series for the German championship. In Friday’s second duel, the first and winner of the Bundesliga cup is already under great pressure.

It was one of the few very long rallies in the first final match for the German championship, at the end of spectacular front-to-back matches, the point went to SC Potsdam. Despite the noise of 1543 spectators in Scharrena, a primary scream could be heard clearly: Guest coach Guillermo Naranjo Hernández expressed his joy – because he knew in the 21:16 result in the third set: his team will not allow this. to take away the triumph. “It was a great performance,” the Spaniard said after the surprise 3-0 victory (25:19, 25:22, 25:18) in the first Bundesliga and cup winner, Allianz MTV Stuttgart, “the block and field defense was extraordinary “. And yet not much has been gained.

Stuttgart volleyball players are under pressure

In the play-off series, three wins are needed to take the German title. The second match is this Friday (18:30 / Sport 1) in Potsdam. Hernández, until 2017 coach at Stuttgart, expects another opponent there. “We did not see the normal MTV team this time,” he said. “Our opponents will be much more aggressive, I’m sure of that.” Tore Aleksandersen also assumes this.

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The favorite coach served well after the poor performance of his team, who had led only once in the game – 1-0 in the first set after a cross service of Krystal Rivers. “We were very scared, we never found our way into the game,” Aleksandersen said, “we made a lot of simple mistakes.” What does this mean for the rest of the series? “We are certainly under more pressure now,” the Norwegian explained, “but I would be very disappointed if we played two bad games in a row.”

Many weaknesses

That would be really weird, after all, Stuttgart women have proven their class quite often this season. In the first of a maximum of five play-off matches, however, there was little to see. Admission was poor, setter Ilka Van de Vyver found her colleagues very rarely, Krystal Rivers did not have the usual penetrating power, Simone Lee caught a weak day. And a little went well in defending the block field. “It did not work hard for us,” explained sporting director Kim Renkema, “but would not do SC Potsdam’s justice to blame everything for our poor performance. Our opponent made a great showing and was the best in all elements. “We have to play a completely different game on Friday.”

Will SC Potsdam become Stuttgart’s formidable opponent?

It will then be seen if the SCP has what it takes to become the enemy of the Allianz MTV Stuttgart. In the main round of the Bundesliga, only the women of Potsdam managed to defeat the superior leader. That was in March and this match in Scharrena also ended 3-0 for the visitors, although first place for the Stuttgart women was safe at the time.

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Now there is so much more to the game, which is why Guillermo Naranjo Hernández was once again happy with the strength of his team away from home: Potsdam lost just one game away this season – in Wiesbaden, as some players had just been cured of coronary infections. “I also have no explanation for our many away victories,” said the SNP coach. “I know only one thing: we are not yet the favorites in the final series.”

His colleague did not want to contradict this sentence. “It’s not about SC Potsdam for me, it’s about us,” said Tore Alexandersen. “We were not good enough. “With this appearance we would have lost to Aachen or Wilsbiburg.”

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