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Germany hungry to make history with Montreux gold

Germany's team celebrates with a dip in Lake Geneva in Switzerland

Montreux, Switzerland, May 31, 2014 – For the first time in history, the German women have qualified for the final at Montreux Volley Master, after defeating China 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21) on Saturday.

Margareta Kozuch and Maren Brinker contributed 15 points each to the German offense against Hui Ruoqi's and Yang Junjing's (both 12 points) with their Chinese national team.

The “Schmetterlinge” (Gemany’s nickname meaning “butterflies”), were hungry for the win. After their first qualification for the semi-finals at the Montreux Volley Masters, Giovanni Guidetti’s players wanted to get into the final and fight for the gold medal; but there was one big opponent first: Lang Ping’s Chinese national team.

Both teams started the match with full power, putting on a spectacular show for fans. The rallies were long and hard disputed, and the game remained tight.

Christiane Fürst, the middle blocker of VakifBank Istanbul, proved a weapon for the team, as she made important points with good serves and amazing blocks against the Chinese. As a result, the Germans won the set by 25-22. 

The Germans were on fire now and started strong in the second set. As result, Giovanni Guidetti’s team pulled ahead early, as they almost shot the Chinese defenders down. Lang Ping tried to bring some new power in the young Chinese team by some substitutions, but the Germans were unstoppable and won the second set 25-18.

For the first time, Germany had the opportunity to claim their first final ticket at the Montreux Volley Masters. The third set, however, was no easy feat, as both teams fought for every ball. Germany’s coach Giovanni Guidetti couldn’t stay calm; as the Italian coach jumped, shouted and pushed his team - and then it happened: Germany won the third set by 25-21 and the qualified for the first time in history for the Montreux Volley Masters final.

The goal now for Giovanni Guidetti’s team is clear: to go home with first Gold Medal at the Montreux Volley Masters.

Germany will fight for gold Sunday against USA at 16:00 (GMT +2) in Montreux, Switzerland. 


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