SC Potsdam in the Volleyball Champions League: Europe’s surprise

Status: 30.01.2023 19:00

SC Potsdam’s volleyball gamers had been profitable once more this season and induced an enormous surprise, particularly at the worldwide stage. Now they’ve a chance in the Champions League that nobody anticipated.

“It was completely loopy,” SC Potsdam coach Guillermo Hernandez remembers of one in all the largest victories in the membership’s historical past two weeks in the past. Underdogs Brandenburg, who began their first Champions League season with little ambition, surprised the reigning champions in a tie-break in Istanbul. It was one other excessive level in a endless success story.

SC Potsdam scored an surprising victory over the leaders


Luck got here with Hernandez

Hernandez has been the coach at Potsdam since 2018 and has spearheaded the membership’s exceptional rise, which culminated in a primary title final yr – profitable the Super Cup – and a second championship. Managers and specialists consider that teaching is the most vital key to success. The Spaniard himself is considerably reserved: “Others who say this should even be judged. What distinguishes me is that I contain the individuals round me in the membership as a lot as potential. In many different golf equipment, coaches need an excessive amount of management. and don’t delegate something. Everyone is a vital a part of the course of for us.”

He additionally managed to draw one or the different worldwide participant to Potsdam. In addition to his Bundesliga commitments, Hernandez is the nationwide coach of Greece. “That’s why I’ve a variety of information about worldwide volleyball and community. I spend a variety of time taking a look at the market and gamers,” he says. For instance, he noticed the highly effective diagonal ahead Anette Nemeth for the first time in a pleasant match towards Greece. Today he’s one in all the finest performers of SCP.

Thus, Hernández has now assembled a powerful group that’s consistently evolving and in concord with one another. “The core of the group has been the identical for 2 years. This is our massive benefit over different groups,” the coach believes.

The surprise group of the Champions League

The course of appears to be paying off once more this season. They are scorching on the heels of leaders Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, with a cup ultimate towards Schwerin on February 26 and an amazing likelihood for the title with it. But, initially, the newcomers in the European competitors are most likely the present group. “Before the season, we mentioned to ourselves: Our aim must be to complete third in the group. We virtually achieved that,” says sports activities director Tony Rieger. Third, they may play internationally after the group stage and qualify for the second-tier CEV Cup.

SC Potsdam volleyball players support.  (Photo: IMAGO / Beautiful Sports)

Potsdam ladies clearly beat Erfurt


However, with a surprise win towards Istanbul and a earlier win towards Belgrade, there could possibly be extra to return as Italian giants Igor Gorgonzola Novara transfer simply 5 factors away from third-placed Potsdam. When each groups meet and win on Tuesday (19:30), SCP will immediately style second place and stay in the Champions League. “This time we’ve to serve higher and be constant in block and discipline protection,” Rieger analyzed the 1-3 loss in the first recreation.

On the eve of the recreation, however with success, the undeniable fact that all the pieces can proceed in the European premier class will not be an issue for the group. “It creates stress. We need to play the recreation like everybody else. Of course, if we win, there’s a likelihood. But anyway, we’ve to win the final recreation towards Belgrade. So we can’t discuss it but,” mentioned coach Hernandez.

We are trying ahead to the ultimate of the group stage

In truth, his group wanted to win each of their ultimate two video games in the group stage to remain in rivalry, hoping for 2 Italian losses. If they had been to lose towards Novara, they’d nonetheless want a win in their ultimate recreation towards Crvena Zvezda Belgrade to attain their CEV Cup goal set by sporting director Rieger with out slipping to final place. The pressure in the group stage ultimate at Potsdam’s MBS Arena on February 8 couldn’t have been increased.

Annette Nemeth of SC Potsdam.  / imago images/Jan Huebner

SC Potsdam received its first Champions League match


The Potsdam ladies narrowly received their first match in Serbia in a tie-break in early January. It was their first Champions League win in the membership’s historical past. For coach Hernández, the anticipation for the second leg, which is essential in entrance of the followers, is large and he’s anticipating a full home: “It can be nice. I believe we’re breaking all attendance information for a really small membership. We know this fixed help, you normally see massive groups and it is essential for us.”

More than 2,000 spectators got here to the sold-out MBS Arena in the Bundesliga recreation towards Schwerin. He must be match once more in the vital recreation towards Belgrade. Perhaps many followers will witness SC Potsdam’s subsequent surprise success and progress to the subsequent spherical of the Champions League.

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