Danish men’s and women’s volleyball champions crowned
Broendby, Denmark, April 23, 2014 - After one of the most exciting and unpredictable final series in many years, Marienlyst Odense can now call themselves eight-time Danish men’s volleyball champions. At two victories each, the thrilling last match against Gentofte Volley came down to the wire with an epic tie-breaking conclusion, where the fellas from Funen came out victorious after trailing by two sets – 3-2 (24-26, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 16-14).
This year’s title marks the eighth time in the last ten years that the team from Odense has won the Danish Championship and it is becoming clear that Marienlyst is a force to be reckoned with in Danish volleyball this century.
”I am incredibly proud of this team,” says Marienlyst head coach Mikkel Hauge. ”Of course, we were prepared to win the gold this year, but really we had to draw on all our resources to accomplish it. When we found ourselves 0:2 sets behind, I knew it was going to be close. So we slightly changed our strategy and focused on slowing Gentofte’s momentum.”
When asked how the team planned to celebrate the epic comeback, Hauge chuckled and replied: ”Tonight we will have a few beers, some fine cigars and then a few more beers.”
But Marienlyst was not the only team with a reason to celebrate because there was plenty of drama and loads of excitement when the women’s team of Broendby squared off against Holte IF Volleyball in the fourth match of the championship series. After a 3-2 (25-17, 26-28, 25-23, 21-25, 15-6) win, Broendby ultimately came out on top with three victories to one, making them the Danish women’s volleyball champions.
This was the fourth consecutive year in which Broendby faced Holte in the championship series of the Danish women’s volleyball league. It all started back in 2011 when the ladies in blue and yellow clinched the top spot, and since that first fateful meeting, Holte has found itself on top of podium every season. But with this year’s match-up, once again the ladies from the countryside, Broendby, are feeling the tug of gold medals around their necks.
Broendby ended the regular season at the top of the table in the women’s volleyball league and finished off a stellar post-season with the well-deserved gold medal. The ladies in blue and yellow won the first final match on their home ground by 3-1, Holte won the next match by 3-2 back in their neck of the woods, but the win was not enough to stop Broendby from sealing the deal with a 3-0 win at home followed by a 3-2 victory on the road.
”We stuck to our game plan throughout the entire game,” explains Broendby’s head coach Jens Bang. ”When you look back on the entire season, I think that we are the best team out there and we continue to reach our agreed upon goals.”
Even though this season did not end in gold for the ladies of Holte, they can still boast a very impressive record. They have won medals in 26 consecutive years of which 25 times they have been in the final.
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