He rests in himself. Balls are hitting left and proper, dialog in the stands is getting louder and louder, music blaring from the audio system. In the regional volleyball league, half an hour earlier than the top game between second-placed SSC Welmer and front-runners Westerwald Volleys, Markus Krosin couldn’t be stunned. “I’m deeply relaxed,” says Koch. The groups then cashed in on it. Phil Hothow bowled the primary brief ball in the three meter space and was applauded by his teammates.
Meanwhile, the massive sports activities corridor is full. 350 spectators turned up – a backdrop that hardly leaves anybody chilly on the sphere. SSC participant Timo Breithaupt would later say that he had goosebumps each earlier than and after the game. The first set did not go as anticipated. Back 8:14, then got here 13:17 to 16:17. Mainly as a result of exterior attacker Florian Cheung places up a very sturdy game. At 21:20 the SSC lastly leads the drummers and the chanting of “Velmar, Velmar”. and holds it till profitable the set at 25:22.
Take a breath But solely briefly. Then the Welmers go full throttle once more – in the particular person of the W-and-W faction. With Mika Wiemer and Clemens Weinrich hitting and blocking as a lot as they’ll, the hosts are nearly all the time forward. Almost unnoticed, there’s a temporary commotion on the scorer’s desk as there’s a drawback with the cable. With 15:10 and 20:15 left, SSC are inching in the direction of a reassuring 2:0 lead – however what does reassuring imply? Four factors in a row carry the guests to 19:20. Five extra factors in a row meant that Welmer, regardless of holding a 22:20 lead, dropped the set with 22:25 to spare. a sticking level. “We ought to by no means have misplaced it,” says Breithaupt.
In the center of the third spherical, the air is totally gone. The North Hessians someway maintain on till 11:12, then the staff from Rhineland-Palatinate, which has few gamers with high-level expertise in its ranks, takes the preliminary determination. Eight consecutive opposing factors is an enormous drawback for any volleyball staff. At 19:11 the Westerwald volcano nearly makes all of it clear, lastly giving them a 2:1 lead with 25:14 left. It’s that little bit much less seemingly now that the desk leaders will undergo their first defeat of the season.
At the beginning of the fourth set, the guests got here again and put the Welmer staff forward. Several volleyball groups from the encompassing space are represented in the viewers to observe the top-ranked staff in the world. It lasts wonderful till 6:6, however then runs into hassle. All of a sudden it is 6:10, 8:13 and 13:18. Early Decision? Not now. Markus Ludwig brings Welmer again to 2 factors with a robust serve at 19:21. But when one other serve goes out of bounds and the ball touches the ceiling after an tried save from Alexander Suchfort, it’s 22:25 and the bitter 1:3 defeat is sealed.
“It was a sensational volleyball game in front of an unbelievable backdrop. In one, two and 4 actions we carried out what we wished to play,” says Krasin. There is not any signal of nice disappointment, although Welmer is just in second place and the Westerwald Volleys are hardly delay the championship. It isn’t but clear whether or not the opponent can even discover the climb. “We will sit down and resolve over the following two weeks. Today for the primary time, each groups marketed an important game – in front of spectators which is definitely not the case in the third division,” says visitor participant coach Alex Cripps.
And Velmer? “Of course it is disappointing at first, however we need to safe the runners-up championship now, that is our purpose,” says Breithaupt. When the grandstands are empty, their hairs additionally slowly disappear. Peace returns to the big sports activities corridor. Right in the start, when Markus Krosin was nonetheless utterly relaxed.