Weekend Preview March 23rd-25th

Lynne Beattie

Superliga, Spain
CV Las Palmas are back to winning ways and are looking to take another win this weekend as they travel to the North of Spain to play Universidade de Burgos, currently sitting one place above Las Palmas.  With the Play offs still a possibility for both teams it is an important game, but with Las Palmas having won the first leg 3-1, they go into the match full of confidence that they can take all 3 points!

Following a 3-0 defeat at home, Janine Sandell’s Menorca will be looking to get back on track and try to regain that top spot in the league this weekend when they take on Jamper Aguere away from home.

Grace Carter

DEF & Pro A, France
On Wedsnesday Carter’s TFOC have their last season game, after a vital win last week, a win at home against 4th place Calais should keep the team safe in PRO A and a possible top 8 play-off spot. A loss will almost certainly mean relegation. Carter comments….. “it is the biggest game of the season and we are ready to take on Calais!”

Maria Bertelli

NLA & NLB, Switzerland
In Switzerland the play-off finals begin with Bertelli’s Volley Koniz playing for the bronze medal. On Sunday, they take on Franche Montagne at home in the best of 3 series. Bertelli comments…..”last week was a disappointment for everyone, there was a real feeling in the team that we had both the desire and the ability to beat NUC, we desperately wanted to make the Final but to be fair, NUC were the better team on the day. We can only look forward, the challenge is for us to respond, there is a medal at stake and we are determined to get it for ourselves and for the club. We have both won 2 matches against each other this season, so today should be a good game.”

Thom’s VBC Biel-Bienne play Toggenburg this weekend in their last match of the season. Thom comments…..”having lost to Toggenburg 3-1 last time we are hoping to change that around. We have had a good training week and with the season coming to a close we really have nothing to lose. We just want to play well and have some fun.”

Rachel Bragg

Bundesliga, Germany
The playoffs begin this weekend in Germany with Bragg’s 5th placed Aurubis Hamburg taking on 4th placed Munster at home. A home and away leg will be played with a possible golden set if games are tied. Both teams have picked up one win and one loss against each other during the season and both teams are very evenly matched.

Stacey O'Connor

Finland
O’Connor’s Pieksamaki Volley are back in action this week after having 3 weeks without matches. This week they take on Kappa Volley, a team all too familiar from pre-season tournaments,  in a three match series which will determine Pieksamaki’s fate in the league. By winning all three, they will stay in the league for next season. On Wednesday night Pieksamaki beat Kappa in 3 and they are hoping to repeat this result tonight and again on Sunday.

Eres Divisie, Belgium
Palmer’s Gea Happel Amigos Zoersel have their last game of the regular season this weekend against Volley Haasrode Leuven.

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