Long journey, epic match
19 nov 2017
Vingåkers VK B 3-2 KFUM Göteborg B
(20-25, 25-13, 25-17, 22-25, 15-13)
On Saturday 18th November it was time for Herr B to take the season’s longest away trip to meet Vingåker B.
Due to only eight players being available, including no setter or libero, the team looked a little different from usual. Regular opposite Farid took over the setter’s role with center Ali moving to opposite. Despite the makeshift line-up the guys fought hard to push Vingåker all the way, taking home a point and coming within moments of victory.
KFUM lined up with
Farid Yar Mohammadi (setter)
Lukas Ridderstråle, Julius Mader (centres)
Bobby Peck, Simon Klein (spikers)
Ali Alipour (opposite)
Replacements: Isak Järnebratt, Mohammad Ahmadi
KFUM started the match strongly - in the absence of a libero the centres stepped up and contributed to a stable reception. The main attacking threat came from the outside with Bobby, who hit strongly and also served five aces in the set. Solid team play gave the first set to KFUM 25-20.
Unfortunately the team dropped focus in the second set and a large number of errors in defence handed the momentum over to the opponents. Isak came in to replace Lukas and strengthen the defence but the damage was done and Vingåker easily won the set 25-13.
The third set began in similar fashion. KFUM brought in fresh players Mohammad (centre) and Isak (spiker) for Lukas and Simon to try to lift the energy on court. Over the course of the set KFUM gradually started to return to form but again could not catch up after the poor start and lost the set 25-17.
The momentum of the match was turning, however, and in set four KFUM raised their game once again. Ali, playing in the opposite role for the first time, started to dominate his position with some hard hitting and both he and Farid set up a big block that made life for the opposition spikers much tougher. In control throughout, KFUM took the set 25-22 to tie up the game and guarantee at least a point from the match.
Despite a good start to the deciding set, again some poor errors crept in and at the change of ends KFUM were narrowly behind at 7-8. These mistakes unfortunately then continued to give Vingåker match points at 14-10. KFUM were determined not to make it easy for their opponents - a time out was taken and again Isak came in as a defensive specialist. The guys fought back to within a point but could not quite make it to what would have been a memorable victory.
Despite the loss, again the team showed great character and competitive spirit. All players contributed and special credit must go to Ali and Farid, who stepped into unfamiliar positions at short notice and delivered good performances. Centres Julius and Lukas acquitted themselves well in reception and defence, in the absence of a libero. After the match Bobby was awarded KFUM’s “Best Player” by the match organisers.
After a rollercoaster of a match it is clear that the team needs to work on performing more consistently at our best level. Again we have shown that we are a rapidly improving team with potential - with hard work in training we aim to keep developing and achieve that potential.
Next match is the KFUM derby!
KFUM Herr A vs KFUM Herr B
Tuesday 28 November, Idrottshögskolan
We hope to see you there!