Vikings deliver a nerve-wracking defeat

Vikings deliver a nerve-wracking defeat

It was close. Actually Vallstedt Vechelde Vikings had planned to recapture the top of the table of the volleyball regional league. But the hoped-for revenge against DJK Kolping Northeim turned out to be another defeat. It still looked good in the first of the five sets.

Vallstedt Vechelde Vikings – DJK Kolping Northeim 2:3 (25:20, 23:25, 22:25, 25:17, 24:26). Actually, the first set is one of the Vechelder burr knives: If this succeeds, it also runs in the further game. "From our point of view, we had Northeim well under control at the beginning and decided the set confidently. But it is not unusual that the second set is then more difficult," reports Vikings captain Torben Paetzold. The Northeimers had vociferous support from one of their women's teams, which had previously played an away game in Braunschweig. "That probably gave them tailwind to fight their way out," suspects Paetzold and praises the morale of the opponents, against whom there was already a defeat for the VVV in the first round – but with greater fluctuations. Throughout the second set, the Vikings were chasing a minimal one or two point lead from DJK. The third set also went narrowly to the guests, while the Vikings clearly dominated again in the fourth. "Maybe after the initial superiority in the second and third sets, we lacked that bit of tension that makes the difference."

Again and again, it was small subtleties and mistakes that made the difference, he said. For example, Paetzold is dissatisfied with the service quota, but quickly adds: "Northeim also had problems with that. Fortunately, for every service error we made, they produced at least as many errors."On the other hand, the reception and attack worked so well this time that the reception errors could be intercepted. At the one or other point there would have been nevertheless something improvement need from view of the captain. He ames that coach Heiko Herzberg, who followed the match in the Twitch stream, will present detailed statistics in the next training session to identify the real construction sites.

Given the pandemic development, it might have been the Vikings' last game this year in front of spectators, so they enjoyed the atmosphere at Berliner Strabe as well as the support of the Landesliga women and the second men, who played their matches in the afternoon. Next weekend VVV has no matches in the regional league.