SC Potsdam in the Volleyball Champions League: Europe’s surprise

Status: 30.01.2023 19:00

SC Potsdam’s volleyball gamers have been profitable once more this season and brought about an enormous surprise, particularly at the worldwide degree. Now they’ve a possibility in the Champions League that nobody anticipated.

“It was completely loopy,” SC Potsdam coach Guillermo Hernandez remembers of certainly one of the largest victories in the membership’s historical past two weeks in the past. Underdogs Brandenburg, who began their first Champions League season with little ambition, shocked the reigning champions in a tie-break in Istanbul. It was one other excessive level in a endless success story.

SC Potsdam scored an sudden victory over the leaders

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Luck got here with Hernandez

Hernandez has been the coach at Potsdam since 2018 and has spearheaded the membership’s exceptional rise, which culminated in a primary title final yr – successful the Super Cup – and a second championship. Managers and specialists consider that teaching is the most vital key to success. The Spaniard himself is considerably reserved: “Others who say this should even be judged. What distinguishes me is that I contain the folks round me in the membership as a lot as doable. In many different golf equipment, coaches need an excessive amount of management. and don’t delegate something. Everyone is a vital a part of the course of for us.”

He additionally managed to draw one or the different worldwide participant to Potsdam. In addition to his Bundesliga commitments, Hernandez is the nationwide coach of Greece. “That’s why I’ve plenty of information about worldwide volleyball and a very good community. I spend plenty of time taking a look at the market and gamers,” he says. For instance, he noticed the highly effective diagonal ahead Anette Nemeth for the first time in a pleasant match in opposition to Greece. Today he’s certainly one of the greatest performers of SCP.

Thus, Hernández has now assembled a powerful group that’s continually evolving and in concord with one another. “The core of the group has been the identical for 2 years. This is our large benefit over different groups,” the coach believes.

The surprise group of the Champions League

The course of appears to be paying off once more this season. They are scorching on the heels of leaders Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, with a cup closing in opposition to Schwerin on February 26 and an ideal likelihood for the title with it. But, to begin with, the newcomers in the European competitors are in all probability the present group. “Before the season, we stated to ourselves: Our purpose must be to complete third in the group. We virtually achieved that,” says sports activities director Tony Rieger. Third, they’ll play internationally after the group stage and qualify for the second-tier CEV Cup.

SC Potsdam volleyball players support.  (Photo: IMAGO / Beautiful Sports)

Potsdam ladies clearly beat Erfurt

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However, with a surprise win in opposition to Istanbul and a earlier win in opposition to Belgrade, there could possibly be extra to return as Italian giants Igor Gorgonzola Novara transfer simply 5 factors away from third-placed Potsdam. When each groups meet and win on Tuesday (19:30), SCP will instantly style second place and stay in the Champions League. “This time now we have to serve higher and be constant in block and discipline protection,” Rieger analyzed the 1-3 loss in the first sport.

On the eve of the sport, however with success, the indisputable fact that every thing can proceed in the European premier class just isn’t an issue for the group. “It creates strain. We need to play the sport like everybody else. Of course, if we win, there’s a likelihood. But anyway, now we have to win the final sport in opposition to Belgrade. So we can’t speak about it but,” stated coach Hernandez.

We are trying ahead to the closing of the group stage

In truth, his group wanted to win each of their closing two video games in the group stage to remain in competition, hoping for 2 Italian losses. If they have been to lose in opposition to Novara, they’d nonetheless want a win in their closing sport in opposition to Crvena Zvezda Belgrade to attain their CEV Cup goal set by sporting director Rieger with out slipping to final place. The rigidity in the group stage closing at Potsdam’s MBS Arena on February 8 couldn’t have been greater.

Annette Nemeth of SC Potsdam.  / imago images/Jan Huebner

SC Potsdam gained its first Champions League match

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The Potsdam ladies narrowly gained their first match in Serbia in a tie-break in early January. It was their first Champions League win in the membership’s historical past. For coach Hernández, the anticipation for the second leg, which is essential in entrance of the followers, is large and he’s anticipating a full home: “It might be nice. I feel we’re breaking all attendance data for a really small membership. We know this fixed help, you normally see large groups and it is crucial for us.”

More than 2,000 spectators got here to the sold-out MBS Arena in the Bundesliga sport in opposition to Schwerin. He must be match once more in the vital sport in opposition to Belgrade. Perhaps many followers will witness SC Potsdam’s subsequent surprise success and progress to the subsequent spherical of the Champions League.

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