Haching Knock out Berlin


Posted by Salman Mitha

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Generali Sport Arena, Unterhaching – After a string of disappointing losses to the Berlin Recycling Volleys, it was time for Generali Haching to turn the tide.

Newcomers Jan Willem Snippe and Konstantin Snippe were solid in both the attack and block as Haching knocked Berlin out of the DVV Pokal, Germany’s domestic cup competition for volleyball, with a 3-1 win (25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17).

The teams played only a few weeks ago, Berlin spoiled Haching’s home opener at the Olympic Arena in Munich.  It seemed the Bundesliga champs had Haching’s number.  Each set started off evenly matched, but this time, Haching were able to take a lead each time into the second technical timeout.

In the first set, Berlin errors, forced and unforced, gave Haching the lead and Christian Dünnes finished it off with a kill, 25-21.

Berlin’s lone set was the second.  Down 16-14 at the timeout, three kills and three blocks turned the momentum for the Volleys.  Despite a kill and an ace from Thomas Strohbach to pull Haching close to 20-19, kills by Robert Kromm, Felix Fischer, and Aleksander Spirovski was the difference and then Haching errors gave the visitors the set.  That was the last time that Berlin put together an effective attack.

Patrick Steuerwald assists Konstantin Shumov on the attack. Photo: Sport Eagle / Sperduto

Kromm and Spirovski both continued to play a solid game, but Haching were able to keep their runs apart.  Meanwhile Snippe continued to convert his attacks into points, and Shumov was all over with key blocks, frustrating Berlin and building leads that they would carry to set wins in the third and final sets.  According to head coach Mihai Paduretu, the best player on the floor was setter Patrick Steuerwald, who distributed the ball well and controlled the action for the home side.

In the fourth set, Berlin had run out of gas.  Haching were consistent from the opening moments and till the end, winning easily 25-17.

Jan Willem Snippe was solid in the attack all night. Photo: Sport Eagle / Sperduto

The battle between Germany’s two top teams will continue on December 16th when Haching travel to the capital city.  The way these teams have played, expect a meeting once again in this season’s league finals.

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