- Karin Bhler
Saturday, 12 o’clock, the Italian volleyball party was already in progress: on the green strip on the Gaudystrae in Prenzlauer Berg, fans of the women’s team of Imoco Volley Conegliano had packed two barbecues from their motorhomes. In yellow Imoco jerseys they roasted pork ham. On the camping table were pickled zucchini. If you approached curiously, you got – mille grazie – a cup of Aperol Spritz with a grill roll in your hand.
Enard, Lebedev and Serniotti are watching
La dolce vita in the Super Finals of the Volleyball Champions League continued in a magical way a few meters further in the sold-out Schmelinghalle: 9,000 spectators became part of a celebration of light, music and world-class volleyball. The European Association (CEV) had LED wristbands distributed in the squares and so it sparkled at 9 000 wrists in the darkened hall to laser light times green, sometimes red, sometimes purple. Among the spectators sat next to the current Volleys coach Cedric Enard and former coaches Roberto Serniotti and Mark Lebedev.
In the all-Italian women’s final Novara defeated the champions from Conegliano 3-1 (25:18, 25:17, 14:25, 25:22). Afterwards the volleyball players of Master Cucine Luba Civitanova and the Russian defending champion Zenit Kazan came over a blue bridge into the field. From the first point it became clear: This is in comparison to the volleyball Bundesliga, to the top games of the BR Volleys, a several floors higher level.
After Kazan won set one, the Italian ensemble turned on the Serbian captain Dragan Stankovic and the Bulgarians Tsvetan Sokolov on, put the Russians under heavy impact with continuous firing: Osmany Juantorena moved pumice always where he had to be. Libero Andrea Marchisio got every ball, middle blocker Robertlandy “The Rock” Simn crashed Kazan’s attacks. Before each of his mighty jumps, he let the ball rotate on his middle finger for a few seconds. In the end, the 3: 1 (16:25, 25:15, 25:12, 25:19) victory of the Italians was as easy as this exercise.
Gladly again in Berlin
“Here are the best of the best,” said Berlin coach Enard, “if you have seen this, it is an incentive to work hard.” Continuous champion Kazan was dethroned, Civitanova remained undefeated in the premier class. Green rockets, fireworks, gold thread rain, in addition: “Bella Ciao”.
CEV President Aleksandar Boricic said: “I am very pleased with the premiere of the Super Finals. We had a great cooperation. If Berlin and the German Association accept our terms, we will stay in Berlin with the event. “Robertlandy” The Rock “Simn said:” It was a spectacle here. A beautiful light show, a great organization. The Super Finals are welcome to stay in Berlin. The main thing, we are back. “