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25
March
2012

Posted by Salman Mitha

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DVL Playoff Update – Friedrichshafen and Vilsbiburg stumble in volleyball playoffs

March 25 – The road to the dream finale in men’s volleyball took a slight detour on Sunday as domestic cup winner VfB Friedrichshafen lost at the BERLIN RECYCLING Volleys 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-12) in a five-set thriller.


Like in Game One, the defending champs took a 2-0 lead in the match, thanks to Leonardo Dos Santos leading the way, he finished with 11 points for Friedrichshafen.  And like on Wednesday, Berlin stole the next set.  But this time, they did not stop.  They were led back by Kawika Shoji, who won MVP of the Match, and leading scorers Scott Joseph Touzinsky (15) and former Generali Haching player Tomas Kmet (13), taking the final two sets.

“We were up and thought that’s how it would continue,” said VfB’s head coach Stelian Moculescu.  “But it didn’t go that way.  At home you can iron things out, but not on the road.”

The best-of-five series is now tied at 1-1 and returns to Friedrichshafen for Game 3 on Wednesday.  Game 4 will return to Max Schmelling Halle in the capital city on Sunday, April 1st.

Meanwhile, rivals Haching took a commanding 2-0 lead in their series after battling and overcoming Moerser SC 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18) at the RWE Sporthalle.  The host jumped out to early leads in all the sets, but allowed Generali to hang around and comeback.

“We were able to get back in the first set with our blocking game,” admitted Haching head coach Mihai Paduretu.  “We battled well today.  Everyone on our team worked hard and did their part to swing the game in our favor.”

Haching are looking to make up for their loss in the domestic cup final by not only making the finals but winning.  And they are hoping they can avenge that loss by facing Friedrichshafen, who has beaten them five consecutive times in the playoffs.

They will take a major step to fulfilling that goal on Wednesday when they can finish the series, first serve at 19:30 at Generali Sport Arena.

On the women’s side, the Red Ravens of Vilsbiburg were shocked by VC Wiesbaden 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 25-18, 18-16).  The underdogs outscored the Ravens 21-6 from the block and will hope to either win the return match in Bavaria, or if they lose, the series will be decided with a Golden Set.

VfB Suhl were also surprise winners by beating domestic cup winners and defending league champs Schweriner SC by the same score 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 28-26, 23-25, 24-22) and will have to go on the road if they want to make it to the semifinals.

All matches will be on Wednesday.

Deutsche Volleyball Liga Playoffs 2012

Wednesday, March 28th

Men’s Semifinals (best-of-five)

Moerser SC at Generali Haching, HAC lead 2-0
BR Volleys at VfB Friedrichshafen, series tied 1-1

Women’s Quarterfinals (best aggregate score after two matches)

VfB Suhl at Schweriner SC, VFB lead 3-2
Smart Allianz Stuttgart at Dresdner SC, DRE lead 3-1
VC Wiesbaden at Vilsbiburg, WIE lead 3-2
VT Aurubis Hamburg at USC Münster, USC 3-1

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