BR Volley crowns historic comeback with the volleyball championship

3: 1 against Friedrichshafen

BR Volley crowns historic comeback with the championship title

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Video: rbb24 | 30/04/2022 | Sebastian Meyer | Picture: imago images / Contrast

BR Volleys are German volleyball champions for the twelfth time. In the decisive fifth match of the final series, the Berliners won 3-1 over their longtime rival VfB Friedrichshafen. They achieved a novelty in the history of the playoffs.

BR Volleys are German champions in 2022 – thanks to a historic run to catch up: they were the first team since the introduction of the playoffs in 1987 to win the title after two defeats at the start of the final series.

In front of 8,553 spectators in Max-Schmeling-Halle, the Berliners defeated VfB Friedrichshafen 3-1 (25:20, 19:25, 25:23, 25:22) on Saturday night and thus decided the best of five series with 3: 2 for themselves. For the capital club, the triumph means the title defense and the twelfth German championship in the club’s history.

Volley counteracts the guests’ strong start

The Berliners were optimistic before the decisive fifth match. “Momentum is now on our side. But I am also convinced that it will not be easy for us, but I count on the experience of some of our players,” said CEO Kaweh Niroomand.

And his prophecy was to be fulfilled. It was a tour de force from the first moment. After a tight start, Friedrichshafen initially withdrew a bit. In the middle of the first set, BR Volley’s was four points behind at 9:13 for the first time. The Berliners did not let them disturb them. Driven by the crowd in the sold-out hall, a heavy block made it 16:15 to Berlin a little later. And the sentence now tilted completely in the direction of the home team. When the score was 24:19, the Berlin team had plenty of set balls and used the other for 25:20.

Tuia by force, but Friedrichshafen countered

The guests reacted strongly. In the second round, Friedrichshafen pulled away to 11: 6. But as in the first sentence, the Berliners showed a reaction. Samuel Tuia in particular shone with strong attacking moves. This time, however, the visitors did not let themselves be surprised – on the contrary: they always had a counter-attack ready and kept the salvos at a distance. With a 16:20 from Cedric Enard’s team point of view, the decisive phase of the set began. Friedrichshafen pulled through and immediately used the first set ball for 25:19.

Both teams were now right in the fight. Delivered long rallies with brilliant attacks and spectacular rescue operations. The intensity was at the limit. No team could break out. The lead shifted back and forth.

Statistically, the third set was one of the many gripping exchanges in the final series. The two teams had completed a total of 16 rounds before the decisive fifth match – ten ended with a difference of only two points, of which eight only in extra time. In this third round of the sizzling Max-Schmeling-Halle, there were only two points between the teams – and the BR salutes cheered: Tim Carle scored points to 25:23.

One comeback follows the other

And the Berliners took momentum into the fourth set and pulled away early with three points (6: 3). But Friedrichshafen rebelled. The visitors equalized first and then pulled away to within four points (7:11).

VfB’s comeback was followed by volleys: They were noticeably determined to settle the duel before a tie-break. With a run of 9: 3, the Berliners developed a lead of 16:14. They could no longer take advantage of this. They used the second match ball, where the entire series’ play was shown again, and crowned themselves champions with 25:22.

Enard: “You can not describe the feeling”

“Before the match, I told the boys in the locker room that it was like a dream,” coach Cedric Enard said in an rbb interview after the championship trophy was handed over, “I’ve been here for four years now – and it was the first It’s first “once, we had the chance to win the title at home. It’s great that we did. I’m so happy.”

The sold-out Max-Schmeling-Halle had long been a vibrant madhouse – and also inspired Enard: “Look at that, it’s wonderful. You can’t describe the feeling. These fans are just incredible.”

Broadcast: rbb24, 30 April 2022, at 21.45

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