They have been emotional photos: as quickly as the sport’s decisive aim was modified, captain Sergej Grankin jumped into the viewers, regarded for his spouse and kissed among the many followers. Coach Cédric Énard ran to his household instantly after the awards ceremony and hugged his daughters.
In the meantime, one other group hung themselves with home made sweet chains, drank beer in sneakers and poured a big glass of beer on government director Kaweh Niroomand. There have been two huge pecks on every cheek of Benjamin Patch and Grankin, which made Niroomand smile much more than he already did after successful the championship.
That is precisely how the Volleys acquired a flip once more on Saturday night: After shedding two matches in opposition to VfB, they grew to become the primary staff within the historical past of German volleyball to have the ability to flip the ultimate sequence. The sudden weak spot was shocking, in spite of everything, that they had beforehand held their very own in opposition to the highest European groups like St.
However therein lies the issue: The Champions League was largely defeated as a result of the Volleys all of a sudden had an actual likelihood of reaching the semi-finals and misplaced the prospect of the championship a little bit within the course of.
Ultimately, the title was nonetheless sufficient and the membership can now look again on a profitable season, one of the best they’ve been in a position to have a good time in entrance of sold-out spectators for the primary time for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
A robust staff
The Volleys elevated considerably within the Bundesliga and within the premier class, which was primarily because of the wonderful staff and the expertise of gamers like Grankin and Patch. The staff suffered a setback once they have been overwhelmed for the primary time within the semi-finals and have been eradicated.
The truth that volleys didn’t attain the semi-finals of the Champions League diminished the motivation and curiosity of many main gamers. And so it was largely due to the gamers from the second row and their combating spirit that they turned the tables in opposition to VfB and have been topped champions.
Immediately, the title was not taken as a right, however as an actual achievement and a aim value striving for.
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A league-wide success
However not solely volleys achieved their aim this season, however the entire league, which for the primary time was in a position to construct its neighborhood. Since October, all video games have been streamed through the “Spontent” channel on Twitch – maybe one of the best choice the league may have made.
Admittedly, at first there was skepticism in regards to the new format, which appeared to put extra worth on the personal lifetime of the gamers than on the evaluation of the sport. However this new strategy paid off, with greater than 16,000 folks watching through the playoff video games, a few of whom had by no means watched a sport earlier than and stopped watching video games.
The format is convincing as a result of it consists of not solely the volleyball champions, however they’ll additionally ask clear questions within the dialog (“Why is one participant carrying a special jersey?” Reply: “As a result of that is a libero”). This balancing act is achieved via further video codecs the place the gamers speak internally on one aspect and the sports activities highlights of the week are chosen on the opposite.
The brand new platform shouldn’t solely cut back the typical age of followers, but additionally create a particular relationship between the league and the followers. This closeness can be seen within the grand ultimate, when volleyball participant Georg Klein stated: “Supporters are necessary. However crucial factor is our followers, we could not do it with out them. “