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07/05/2017 00:00
ASPTT MULHOUSE fulfil ultimate dream after drama-filled league final
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Paris, France, May 7, 2017. After chasing this very same goal for almost 20 years, ASPTT MULHOUSE finally fulfilled their ultimate dream on Saturday night in Paris! They did so at the end of a drama-filled match, as the ‘grand finale’ of the French women’s national league with Rocheville LE CANNET lasted for five sets and ASPTT MULHOUSE had to cancel five match balls for the opposition before emerging victorious at the tiebreak!

Going into this matchup, ASPTT MULHOUSE had lost as many as 12 finals so far in their history – eight in the national league and another four in the French national cup. They contested their first title-deciding match as many as 19 years ago – but always failed to strike any title.

The players coached by Magali Magail finally completed their mission on Saturday night, at the end of a dramatic final contested at Pierre de Coubertin stadium in Paris. Their victory will do down in history, especially after they cancelled as many as five match balls for Rocheville LE CANNET in a fourth set which eventually ended by the score of 36-34 for ASPTT MULHOUSE.

It was an emotional night for all players but especially for the long-time coach of the team from Alsace, Magali Magail. “It has been 19 years since my first final and now I have a lot more wrinkles,” she said. “I just feel relieved because after failing so many times, I thought that this moment of glory and joy would never come!”

“I am especially pleased with the way we played in the fourth set: with their back against the wall, my players performed a lot better – they found back the right attitude and a lot more self-confidence and this is when I realised that we could go all the way to the victory,” Magail continued. “After so many losses in the finals, of course I started questioning myself but on the other hand, RC CANNES have been so dominant for so many years that I thought we had made it to the top at the wrong moment. However, we could not lose this final – I said to myself: if we lose this one, I’ll have to stop coaching.”

After taking this historic crown, ASPTT MULHOUSE are set to represent France in the 2018 edition of the CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women.

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