SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN progress to Challenge Cup quarterfinals
2017 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Women
Kangasala, Finland, February 8, 2017. On Wednesday night, SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN of Germany stormed to a comprehensive 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-16, 25-20) over Finland’s LP KANGASALA to secure their progression to the quarterfinals of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Women.
After losing the first matchup to the Germans 0-3, LP KANGASALA attempted to change the course of this fixture by opting for a different starting six and game plan. There were many long rallies with the setter of LP KANGASALA, Jovana Gogic working hard to make the best out of some difficult situations. However, after a close start SCHWERIN were in full control and by taking two sets, the Germans secured their progression to the next round – before they eventually won this matchup 3-0 as well.
Virginie De Carne, head coach of LP KANGASALA: “It was a good game. We have some difficult days behind us and we did not expect to win tonight. However, we played much better than we did in the previous match with SCHWERIN. They have a strong team and I would like to congratulate them on the victory and on their progression to the next round of the Challenge Cup. I very much hope we will get closer to their level in our next matches. The participation in the Challenge Cup has been a truly important experience for our team.”
Outi Munnukka, team captain of LP KANGASALA: “We had a very bad weekend behind us. If we compare this match with the previous one in Germany, we played much better. Now we have to focus on minimising the number of mistakes we make and do the small things in the best way.”
Felix Koslowski, head coach of SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN: “Congratulations to LP KANGASALA! They played much better than they did in Germany, especially in the first set and they were much better prepared from a tactical standpoint. We had some problems in the first set but after that, we controlled the game through to the end. I am of course happy that we made it to the next round of the Challenge Cup.”
Jennifer Geerties, team captain of SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN: “The game developed in a different way than we expected, but we did a good job. At the beginning of the match, we had some problems to control the opponent’s serves. However, as soon as we got control over the match, everything went just fine and we claimed a good victory.”
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