Novotel-Cup Day 3
Silver for the Lions
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by Anne Hasdorf
Two silver medals as birhtday presents for the 25th edition of our beloved Novotel-Cup.
Yesterday's competition day was different than expected.
Whereas the English women could quickly overcome Scotland 3:0, the Scottish men celebrated theirs 3:2 victory against England after leading 2:0.
The Luxembourgish women convinced in a 3:1 victory over the German national youth selection. Schönberg again changed the starting six, namely Braas and Schmitt as outside hitters, Hoffmann on the diagonal position, Emeringer as setter, the Mamer middle blockers Steinbach and Weber as well as libero Maryse Welsch. During the Novotel-Cup 2012 Schönberg consequently let all twelve people play.
In the first set, the German team with an average age of 15 years could gain a small lead when entering the 10-points barrier. Even though Luxembourg put pressure on Germany with its powerful serves and Braas' attacks could reduce the difference within the set, the host team had problems with its reception and lost the first set tight at 23:25. In the second set, Schönberg substituted Schmitt with Mach. With a 3:0 lead right from the beginning, Luxembourg came into play. The young German team slowly lost its confidence and the more experienced Luxembourgish team extended its lead step by step. When Hoffmann also started to effectively attack from the backcourt, Germany could not catch up anymore. Luxembourg could win the following three sets at 25:15; 25:21 and 25:22. With this victory, Luxembourg finished second.
In the men's category the final was held between Luxembourg and the Danish youth national team. The starting six consisted of Braas as setter, Stutz and Koenig as outside hitter, Maroldt as diagonal, Lentz and Lux as middle blocker and Husi as libero. In the beginning of the first set, the host team could gain a 4-points lead until 12:8. Thereafter, too many mistakes in the attack reduced the difference until Denmark took over the lead at 13:14. At 20:20 Luxembourg balanced again. However, too many self-caused mistakes in attack and serve led to the loss of the first set at 23:25. In the second set, Vosahlo replaced Maroldt. The Danish team quickly got in the lead due to an effective block and above all a powerful attack . At 8:12 Laevaert entered for Koenig. In the end, Luxembourg lost the second set at 19:25. As Denmark lost 3:0 on Friday against Scotland and as Scotland could outcome England 3:2, Luxembourg was now faced with a possible third place if they could not win at least one set.
In the third set, Disch trusted his starting six from the match on Saturday. In this decisive set, Luxembourg seemed to have regained its confidence. Braas was able to release his attackers and Luxembourg could gain a solid lead until the final score at 25:18. In the fourth set, Denmark was back on track and could finally win the match at 18:25. In the end, Luxembourg finished second.
On its final day, the Novotel-Cup 2012 was proud to welcome the Luxembourgish politician Anne Brasseur, the general manager of the Novotel Luxembourg Kirchberg Eric Laporte, the director of the sports school Mr Raymond Conzemius, the president of the CEV small countries division Margaret Ann Fleming and the CEV sports director Jean-Paul Rommes as well as the CEV press officer Federico Ferraro.
The "Trophée Deni Krivova" for the most valuable young player of the tournament went to Nathalie Braas (LUX).
The former national players, Jeanne Schneider, Patricia Noesen, Lynn Elouardi, Annemarie Lebon as well as Serge Karier were also honoured.
The FLVB hereby thanks all participants, spectators and supporters and hopes to see everyone again next year!
Women's Team LUX: Alliaume, Braas, Breuer, Emeringer, Godart, Hoffmann, Mach, Palgen, Schmitt, Steinbach, Weber, F. Welsch, M. Welsch, Head Coach: Detlef Schönberg, Assistant Coach: Massimo Tarantini, Scout: Torsten Schoof, Physio: Mady Pelzer, Prep. Phys. Sonia Ilieva
Men's Team LUX: Angelsberg, Braas, Jungers, Koenig, Laevaert, Lentz, Lux, Maroldt, Stutz, Vosahlo, Libero: De Castro, Husi, Head Coach: Burkhard Disch, Assistant Coach: Michel Beautier, Scout: Dieter Scholl, Physio: Brigitte Schoos, Prep. Phys.: Sonia Ilieva
ENG - SCO 3-0 (25-19 25-12 25-20)
LUX - GER 3-1 (23-25 25-15 25-21 25-22)
LUX - DEN 1-3 (23-25 19-25 25-18 18-25)
ENG - SCO 2-3 (17-25 22-25 27-25 25-16 13-15)