Friday, October 23

False start of the United Volleys



Surprising Frankfurt 1: 3 home game defeat against Lüneburg. Teenager Ben Bierwisch is heartbroken.

Ben Bierwisch sat on the hall floor for several minutes. Motionless. He did not look over to the other side of the net where the opponents were dancing cheerfully. Little by little his teammates from the United Volleys came by, patted the currently greatest volleyball talent in Frankfurt on the shoulders and comforted him. He, of all people, the 18-year-old, who was voted the most valuable player (MVP) of the game in the previous week in the German Supercup against Meister Berlin (0: 3), had now experienced a first low of his young career at the start of the Bundesliga. Bierwisch sealed the surprising 1: 3 (14:25, 26:24, 20:25, 23:25) home defeat against SVG Lüneburg with a completely botched acceptance at the match point.

“I just thought: crap! I was so disappointed in myself. We could have equalized and turned the game around, ”said Bierwisch. In fact, only three points were missing in the fourth set with the intermediate result of 23:24 for the decisive fifth round. But the highly traded Frankfurters went completely empty-handed at the start of the league in terms of points.

“Last week after the Supercup I wasn’t sure whether I should really be happy. This MVP election put me in the spotlight. As a result, there was more pressure today than usual, and then things didn’t go so well, ”admitted Bierwisch, who had already moved up to the top division last season. In the Supercup against Berlin, he and his team played “mega-good”, as he felt, “if we can maintain the level all the time, we will play at the top of the league”.

But against Lüneburg not only Bierwisch was hardly recognizable. His entire team seemed insecure and made a number of mistakes. In the attack Tim Grozer and Daniel Malescha got stuck on the opposing block again and again, while Lüneburg duped the Frankfurt defense several times. Above all, the Hessians had great problems with the acceptance. Only Libero Satoshi was stable there. Lüneburg recognized the shortcoming early on and played its serves on the other Frankfurters.

Quiroga tested positive

“We still need an experienced acceptance player who gives the team balance,” emphasized coach Juan Manuel Serramalera. Meant is newcomer Rodrigo Quiroga. The long-time Argentine national team captain was again not allowed to be used after his positive corona test against Lüneburg. He may be able to make his debut against Königs Wusterhausen on Saturday in Bestensee.

Jochen Schöps showed how important an experienced player is in this team. The 37-year-old old master came on for Malescha in the fourth set and promptly converted seven of his eleven attacks. “Jochen came in, did his thing calmly and radiated experience. All I can do is look up, learn something and learn, ”said Bierwisch. It was also Schöps who was the first to go to Bierwisch after losing the match point and give consolation.


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