SCHWERIN through to Challenge Cup semis after dominant display on home soil
2017 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Women
Schwerin, Germany, March 9, 2017. As many as 1,570 spectators came together on Thursday night to cheer SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN on, with the Germans eventually securing their progression to the semis of the 2017 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Women following a comprehensive 3-0 victory (25-15, 25-15, 25-20) over Viteos NEUCHATEL Université of Switzerland. Two weeks ago, SCHWERIN had claimed the first round of this quarterfinal fixture by a similar score.
Actually, the early stages of the match were a close affair as NEUCHATEL, supported by some 20 fans, were able to put up a fight and Felix Koslowski, head coach of SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN, opted for his regular starting six, thus showing the importance of this match for his team. After the first technical time-out and in the following stages of the opening set, SCHWERIN demonstrated their qualities in every aspect of the game and their captain Jennifer Geerties eventually finished the first set with an ace (25-15).
In the second set, SCHWERIN continued from where they had left at the end of the first one, looking extremely concentrated and determined to achieve their goal. The hosts played their usual power Volleyball and NEUCHATEL could not pose any real threat to the German team. “We played very well and most of the time on our best level,” said head coach Koslowski after the match and his team kept on scoring from every position until the final 25-15. At this stage, leading 2-0 in the match, SCHWERIN had secured their progression to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
The third set was an opportunity for the youngsters of SSC Palmberg SCHWERIN to feel what it means to play a European match. With Marie Schoelzel, Elisa Lohmann and Sabrina Krause, three players under the age of 20 took to the court and even though the set was much closer than the previous ones, SCHWERIN rallied to a 25-20 win to seal a 3-0 victory and look forward to the semis with BURSA BBSK. Two years ago, these same teams had locked horns in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup – at that time with the better end for the Turkish top team which emerged victorious from the golden set they contested on home soil.
“BURSA BBSK are definitely the favourites in the semi-finals since they have one of the best teams in Turkey and the Turkish league is an extremely competitive one,” said Koslowski, “but if we have good day, we hope that we can force BURSA BBSK to make some mistakes and we will see how far this is going to take us.”
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