Allianz MTV Stuttgart: False start for favorite sport

Confused: Mira Todorova, Simone Lee and Elka van de Wever from Stuttgart (from left) Photo: Bowman

Surprise Stuttgart’s volleyball team lost 3-0 to SC Potsdam at the start of the German Championship playoff series. In the second duel on Friday, the German champions and cup winners are now under a lot of pressure.

It was one of the very long rallies in the first final of the German championship, and at the end of the great back-and-forth match the point went to SC Potsdam. Despite the noise of 1,543 spectators in Sharina, a primitive cry could be clearly heard: guest coach Guillermo Narango Hernandez uttered his joy loudly – because he knew with a score of 21:16 in the third: his team would not allow it. defeats them. “It was a great performance,” said the Spaniard after the shock 3-0 (25:19, 25:22, 25:18) win in the German first division and cup winner Allianz MTV Stuttgart. However, not much is gained.

Volleyball players in Stuttgart are under pressure

In the playoff series, three wins are needed to win the German title. The second game is on Friday (6:30pm / Sports 1) in Potsdam. Hernandez, who was coach until 2017 in Stuttgart, is expecting another opponent there. “We haven’t seen the normal MTV cast this time,” he said. “Our opponents will be more aggressive, I’m sure of that.” As Tori Alexandersen supposes.

Read our bonus show: MTV coach Tori Alexandersen’s goals

The coach served the favorites after the poor performance of his team, who had only led once in the game – 1-0 in the first set after sending Crystal Rivers a spin-net. “We were so scared, we didn’t find our way into the game, we made a lot of little mistakes,” said Alexandersen. What does that mean for the rest of the series? “We’re definitely under a little bit more pressure now, but I’d be very disappointed if we played two bad games in a row,” the Norwegian explained.

Lots of weaknesses

That would be really weird, after all, the Stuttgart women have proven their class often enough this season. However, in the first of a maximum of five playoff matches, there wasn’t much to see. Acceptance was poor, stylist Ilka Van de Vyver found co-workers too rare, Krystal Rivers didn’t have the usual penetrating strength, Simone Lee had a poor day. And a few went well on field defense, too. Sporting director Kim Rinkema explained: “It didn’t do us much, but SC Potsdam would not do justice to blaming everything on our poor performance. Our opponent put in a great performance and was better in all the elements. We have to play a completely different game on Friday.”

Will SC Potsdam become the fearsome opponent of Stuttgart?

Then we’ll see if SCP has what it takes to become an enemy of Allianz MTV in Stuttgart. In the main round of the German Bundesliga, only women from Potsdam managed to beat the superior leader. It was in March, and the match in Sharena also ended 3-0 for the guests, although the Stuttgart women’s first place was certain at the time.

Read from our show: How Stuttgart’s volleyball players were once defeated by SC Potsdam

Now there is a lot at stake, which is why Guillermo Naranjo Hernandez was once again happy with the strength of his team away from home: Potsdam have lost only one game abroad this season – in Wiesbaden, after some players have just recovered from the Corona infection. The SCP coach said: “I have no explanation for our many away victories, I only know one thing: We are still not the favorites in the Final Series.”

His colleague did not want to contradict this sentence. Toure Alexandersen said: “It’s not about SC Potsdam for me, it’s about us. We weren’t good enough. With this performance we were losing to Aachen or Felsbiborg.”

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