VfB Friedrichshafen has underscored its current exceptional position in German volleyball and crowned the cup winner for the 15th time.
In the final in Mannheim, the team of former national coach Vital Heynen sat down 3-0 (25:20, 25: 8, 25:21) clear against outsider Bisons Buehl and is thus unbeaten in all competitions for 31 games.
“We were the favorites, we already won 30 games, so we wanted to win the 31st and in the third set we made the point to 22:20 and then you know: The cup final is over, then the opponent thinks: Oh ‘Friedrichshafen again,’ said Heynen. Bühl, who had already lost both matches against Friedrichshafen in the Bundesliga with 0: 3, could not keep up with 11,354 spectators in the SAP Arena against the Häfler.
The team of coach Ruben Wolochin, who traveled with the Bühler city band and 1,500 supporters to support them, bravely went into the match and tried to put the opponent under pressure. This initially developed an exciting game at a high level, which also demanded a lot from Friedrichshafen. Nevertheless, the first set went to the record cup winner.
Friedrichshafen can continue to dream of the triple
After that, the young team of Wolochin – the team is on average 22 years old – no longer act at eye level, the game evolved to the expected clear story. Although the bisons made the third set more exciting again, they went out in their second final appearance after 2016 again empty.
“Of course I’m a bit disappointed, but overall I’m super happy with what my team has shown for development, we definitely want to come back and then we’ll see,” said Wolochin.
After winning the cup, Friedrichshafen, which is clearly in the Bundesliga on master class, can continue to dream of the Triple. The Häfler reached as well as Master Berlin Recycling Volleys the round of the best twelve in the Champions League. There it comes to the German duel of the two teams. Friedrichshafen is so far the only German team that has won the premier class (2007).
Excitement in the women’s final
For the women, the Dresden SC and the VC Wiesbaden meet on Sunday afternoon (16:30 clock). Dresden decided as well as Friedrichshafen both games in the league for themselves, however, Wiesbaden won in the first leg at least one set. Nevertheless, the duel promises more excitement than the men.
Finally, Wiesbaden defeated champion MTV Allianz Stuttgart in the semifinal of the competition and beat last Sunday’s champion SSC Palmberg Schwerin in the league. Dresden, however, is in a small form low and lost three of the last four encounters. Among other things, the team of coach Alexander Waibl retired in the quarterfinals of the European CEV Cup against Stuttgart.