ON SITE in front of 350 spectators in the top volleyball game of the regional league

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Swearing in the locker room: Velmar coach Marcus Crossin (proper) and his workforce earlier than the large game towards the Westerwald Volleys. © Fischer, Andreas

He rests in himself. Balls are being hit left and proper, conversations in the stands are getting louder, music is blaring from the audio system. With half an hour to go in the regional volleyball league’s second-placed SSC Vellmar and main Westerwald Volleis, Markus Krössin could not be bothered. “I’m very relaxed,” says the coach. Then the groups hit. Phil Hoto nailed the first quick balls to the three-meter sq. and was applauded by his teammates.

Meanwhile, the large fitness center was full. 350 spectators got here – this can be a background that doesn’t depart anybody chilly on the area. SSC’s Timo Breitaupt stated he was shaking earlier than and after the game. The first assembly doesn’t go as anticipated. 8:14 behind, then up from 1:17 to 4:17 p.m. Mainly as a result of exterior hitter Florian Cheung had a really sturdy efficiency. At 21:20, SSC will lead the drummers and the singing of “Wellmar, Wellmar”. And he retains it till he wins the set at 25:22.

Breathing. But solely briefly. Then the Vellmarers go full throttle once more – in the individual of the W-und-W faction. Mika Wiemers and Clemens Weinrich hit and blocked as a lot as they may, and the hosts virtually all the time took the lead. It’s protected to say that nobody seen the transient panic at the bombardier’s desk as a result of of the cable malfunction. At 15:10 and 20:15, SSC take a convincing 2-0 lead – however what does convincing imply? Four factors in a row brings the guests to 19:20. Five extra factors in a row meant that Wellmar would drop the set 22:25 regardless of a 22:20 lead. Sticky level. “We must not ever lose sight of that,” says Breitaupt.

Midway by way of the third spherical, the air was utterly gone. The North Hessians will someway make it to 11:12, after which the Rhineland-Palatinate workforce, which has a number of gamers with senior expertise in their ranks, will take the forehand. Eight factors in a row is an enormous deal for any volleyball workforce. At 19:11, Westerwald’s volleys resolve virtually every part, and in the finish they take a 2:1 lead with a rating of 25:14. Now the desk leaders are unlikely to undergo their first defeat of the season.

At the starting of the fourth set, the crowd whipped the Velmar workforce forward and got here again. A quantity of volleyball groups from close by areas are offered to the viewers to look at the top class workforce in the area. This holds up high-quality till 6:6, however then runs into hassle once more. Suddenly 6:10, 8:13 and 13:18. A preliminary determination? Not but. Markus Ludwig brings Wellmarer as much as two factors with a strong serve at 19:21. But it was 22-25 and a bitter 1-3 defeat when Alexander Suchforth’s defensive sort out ended one other drive and the ball hit the ceiling.

“It was a sensational volleyball game towards an excellent backdrop. In the first, second and fourth actions, we carried out what we needed to play,” says Crossin. Although Velmar was solely in second place and the Westerwald volleys may barely be eradicated from the championship, there was no signal of a serious disappointment. It just isn’t but identified whether or not the enemy is not going to discover the rise. “We will sit down and decide in the subsequent two weeks. Today, each groups promoted an excellent sport for the first time – in front of an viewers that isn’t regular in the third division,” stated the coach of the guests, Alex Krippes.

And Wellmar? “At first it is definitely disappointing, however now we wish to win the championship, which is second place, that is our objective,” says Breitaupt. After the stands are empty, even the goosebumps will slowly disappear. Silence returns to the giant fitness center. Like when Marcus Crossin was nonetheless utterly relaxed in the starting.

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