Originally a shock absorber for VC Ratheim

Defeated in Cologne
Originally a shock absorber for Ratheim

VC Ratheim had massive plans for the brand new season. However, the beginning was misplaced – which isn’t stunning on reflection. There have been additionally constructive elements.

On the first day of the brand new Oberliga season, the volleyball gamers of VK Ratheim have been again on the bottom: VK barely stood in opposition to the excellent workforce of MTV Köln and misplaced with 1:3 units. The Rateimers needed to notice that even the best vitality and pleasure of taking part in in opposition to the extent of a Cologne workforce wouldn’t assist. MTV Cologne was one of many unknowns within the new season. Although the rumor mill has already been buzzing in regards to the workforce’s power, VC have been stunned by this recreation – particularly since Cologne had simply been promoted to the Oberliga.

For VC captain and libero Markus Becker, it’s clear that MTV is taking part in on the prime of the league: “We are working with the most effective gamers, some have performed within the 2nd Bundesliga, we observed that throughout the recreation as effectively.”

VC began the sport with a good lineup however nonetheless did not rally. Ratheim trailed all through the primary set and misplaced 20:25. After that, Cologne stored the lead within the recreation, even VC managed to equalize in the course of the sentence with good defensive reactions. With Ratheimer’s reception shaky, MTV got here again, however VC managed to assert the tightest 26:24 set potential.

The success ought to have boosted the workforce and it was 22:19 for Ratheim within the third set, however Becker stated VK Köln felt they might swap gears at any time. “The Cologne participant specifically was extremely quick and the most effective participant in all the league,” Becker stated, “and we might hardly learn him, so it was tough to place ourselves.” It’s annoying that the workforce missed the mark and misplaced 24-26. “Maybe that is why the air got here out after that. This type of factor should not occur to us, however on the similar time, it is human,” says Becker. In the ultimate set, VC was all the time behind and Cologne ended the spherical simply with a rating of 25:17.

Ratheim nonetheless sees the primary leg as a constructive, with Markus Becker saying: “Losing a workforce like Cologne is just not a massive deal. We have been in a position to execute our drills and our serving was significantly better, which prompted us a lot of issues final season.


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