Generali Sport Arena, Unterhaching – For most, the holidays mean time off from work, a season of relaxing and cheer. For those in the sports world, the work never stops, especially for gifts that keep giving.
Jan Willem Snippe and Christian Dünnes each scored 12 points as Generali Haching grinded out a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-22) win over evivo Düren in the German domestic volleyball cup semifinal.
Haching earned one more gift for 2012, they will play Moerser SC in the DVV Pokal final on March 3rd at the Gerry Weber Arena in Halle/Westfallen.
Sport Eagle TV Postgame – Generali Haching vs. evivo Düren, DVV Pokal semifinal
The match opened with Haching taking the first set with ease, jumping out to an 8-6 at the first technical timeout and holding off Düren. A key block by Konstantin Shumov helped end the set.
Düren was no pushover and were intent on taking this match further. They arrived at this semifinal by beating powerhouse VfB Friedrichshafen and currently sit in 4th place in the German Volleyball Bundesliga. This time, they led at both technical timeout and looked to take the second set, up 20-17. But then the talent of Haching took over.
Led by Snippe and Shumov, Haching scratched back to even the match at 21-21. Snippe’s block gave the hosts their first lead of the set, then Dünnes took over. Block, point. Block, point. Kill, point, set. 25-21 and at 2-0 lead.
In the past, that would have meant an easy victory for Haching, but Michael Mücke’s men continued to battle and kept it close. They even took a 14-12 lead, thanks to Sebastián Gevert’s relentless attack. He finished with a match-high 19 points but the rest of team could not convert points. At 17-17, Haching did enough to pull away and win the set 25-22.
Haching return to the domestic cup final for the fifth consecutive year. This year’s final will be a rematch from 2009, Haching beat Moerser 3-1. Düren were victims in 2010 losing 3-2 and Friedrichshafen again 3-2 in 2011. Last year, VfB exacted their revenge, sweeping Haching 3-0.
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Happy New Year!