The Berlin Volleys have fought for their deciding game for the German championship. The Berliners also fended off VfB Friedrichshafen’s second match point and can become champions for the eighth time in a row on Sunday (4 p.m. / Dyn) in front of their own audience. “We’re really looking forward to this game,” said setter Johannes Tille before the duel. The defending champion from the capital won the fourth final game against the team from Lake Constance on Tuesday 3-2 after being down twice in a set and thus also won the play-off series in best-of-five mode 2-2 after being 0-2 down -Equalization established.

However, the BR Volleys shouldn’t feel too confident of victory before the deciding match. VfB attacker Michal Superlak promises the Berliners another hot dance. “We still have every chance. We will fight for every ball,” announced the 2.06 meter tall Pole. Friedrichshafen already demonstrated its stamina in the semi-final against the Grizzlys Giesen. There too it went the full playoff distance. It was only in the fifth game that VfB booked their ticket to the final with a 3-1 win against Lower Saxony.

The encounter on Tuesday was extremely exciting over 124 minutes of play. Volleys coach Joel Banks couldn’t really get used to the level. “It was a very competitive, but not always nice volleyball game from both sides,” said the Englishman. Ultimately, Banks was pleased to say: “The team with the longer stamina prevailed in the end.”

Middle blocker Nehemiah Mote was outstanding for the winner, scoring 19 points, including six block points. The 30-year-old Australian saw his team as having a clearer advantage than was reflected in the result. “We got 23 points in the two sets we lost, and we had our chances there too. On the other hand, we won the sets quite easily,” said Mote.

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