24/25 March - One step closer to Bronze for Bertelli and another MVP for O’Connor

With the days counting down until the GBW are reunited, the team continue to work extremely hard to be the best they can be for the summer that lies ahead of them.  For those still in competitive action, here is the weekends results…

Belgium: Gea Happel Amigos won 3-0 v VHL Leuven

Palmer helps Amigos to another win

Gea Happel Amigos faced VHL Leuven this weekend. It was the last match of the league and Amigos were determined to finish on a high. The match started well for Amigos and they quickly took the lead. With good team play and strong attacking, Amigos won the first set. Set two was a similar story and Amigos found themselves 2 sets up. Then in the final set, Amigos always edged ahead but Leuven stayed with them and never gave up.

After a couple of unlucky calls from the ref and a bit of luck, Leuven fought there way to 24-24 but with a strong side out Amigos had a match point. The match finished with an ace from Amigos and a convincing 3-0 win. A great way to finish the season and a really great team performance. Now Amigos have two weeks hard training in preparation for the final of the Antwerp cup.

Finland: Pieksamaki Volley series vs Kappa Volley

Stacey O'Connor

Game 1: Pieksamaki won 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-18)
Game 2: Pieksamaki won 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-23)
Game 3: Pieksamaki won 3-2 (25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7)

After 3 matches, Pieksamaki Volley retains their spot in the top league,  Mestaruusliiga .  With 5 days to play 3 matches, Pieksamaki Volley was determined to win. The first two matches were won convincingly in 3, with the last match a little more intense with a 5 set win. The personnel on court changed for each match, giving Jr. players a chance to play.

We started the season with a 5 set win, so why not end it with a 5 set win. Would have rather it gone to 3 but at the end of the day, we won and did it in front of our home crowd.  I’m happy for the club because this result keeps the team in the league. I finished the season on a high, being awarded MVP for the last match.“

Germany:  

VT Hamburg lost 3-1 v USC Munster in German Play-offs

Switzerland:

VBC Biel-Bienne won 3-2 v Toggenburg

Jen Thom

VBC Biel-Bienne played their last match of the season against Toggenburg at home. The match was up and down from both teams and it came down to the 5th set. Fortunately VBC Biel-Bienne started the 5th set well with a 10-5 lead. Toggenburg then came back and brought the score to 10-10. Luckily strong serving and stable blocking allowed Biel to finish the set and won it convincingly 15-11.

Jen’s comments: “This was so important to us to finally get a win and we have waited a long time for this. We do still finish 9th place in the league but to end on a positive was important for everyone. Great fight from the team and we did what we set out to do.”

Volley Koniz won 3-1 v Hotel Cristal VFM

Bertelli’s Volley Koniz were up against Hotel Cristal VFM in the fight for Bronze medal.

Bertelli one step closer to medal

Koniz started strong, showing the desire to win the match with only 1 point in it at both Technical Time Outs. A few unforced errors towards the end gave VFM the 1st set 21-25. In the second, strong serving and solid sideout meant the home team were comfortable throughout, despite a small comeback by VFM at the end Koniz took the 2nd set 25-20. After the 10 minute break, it was a similar picture with some great blocks from Koniz added to the mix to win 25-21 and lead the match 2-1. VFM responded, serving better and were leading 23-19 in the 4th. Koniz were not giving up so easily, strong serving backed up by some determined block defence levelled them at 23-23, it was then point for point, both teams going all out for the win with some awesome pick-ups and aggressive play at the net. Finally in front of the home fans Koniz won with a block point, followed by a huge hit, much to the delight of the home fans!

So, leading 1-0 in the best of 3 series, Koniz have the chance to take the Bronze on Wednesday night in VFM.

Spain:

CV Playa de las Canteras lost 3-0 v Universidade de Burgos

Beattie's Las Palmas

CV Playa de las Canteras travelled to the Mainland to take on 5th place Universidade de Burgos on Sunday.  It was CV Playa de las Canteras who came out on top in the first encounter between the teams, which boosted the spirits of the Gran Canaria team going into the match with belief they could win.   Burgos is renowned for being a difficult venue to play in, but with a good weeks training under their belt, the team from the Canary Islands went into the game full of confidence, despite their first libero out of action and the starting opposite filling in.

The first set started off well for Beattie’s team, with both teams neck and neck up until the second technical Time Out.  It was at this point that Burgos strung a few good serves together which made the Las Palmas offence predictable, making it difficult to side out.  Burgos took the first set 25-19.

Into the second set, the momentum was with Burgos and despite Las Palmas digging deep to close a points deficit on several occasions, they had no answer to the Burgos offence.  Burgos took the second set 25-21.

The third set was a similar story with Burgos growing in strength with each point, taking the set and the match with a 25-17 win in the 3rd set.

Beattie comments on the match:  ”It was a disappointing result after having gone into the match so positive, but all credit to the Burgos team.  They played some good volleyball and were the best team on the day.  This result now makes it very difficult for us to make the final four play offs, but it is not impossible.”

Valeriano Alles Menorca won 3-0 v Jamper Aguere

 

 

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