Monday, March 19, 2012

It's officially over.

My volleyball season in Sweden has finally come to an end. After finishing up our regular season with 4 wins and 14 losses, we managed to sneak into the SM-Playoffs in 8th place. We managed to beat both Svedala (finished last) and Örebro (finished 9th) when we played them home and away, and took Hylte/Halmstad (finished 6th), Sollentuna (finished 7th), Gislaved (finished 5th) to 5-sets. We took a set from the top ranked team, Engelholm; all of these prove that after this first somewhat "experimental" season, Ljungby Volley is on the rise. Note: The top 8 teams advance to SM-Playoffs; the bottom 2 teams play against the top two teams from the lower division to fight for 9th and 10th place in Elite Series.
LVBK Regular Season Results (4-14)
In the beginning of our season, the team had a "chill" practice, where we did light aerobics and dancing before we went into the sauna and pools. It was here that we decided to make an internal team goal of making it to playoffs. No one outside the team would officially hear that information, and we instead told everyone that we would hope for the best season and try to stay in the Elite Series for the 2012-2013 season.  After many ups and downs, we achieved just that. Ljungby Volleybollklubb was here to stay.
SM-Playoffs, Quarterfinal results: Katrineholms - Ljungby

After our final loss at Katrineholms, we headed back to Ljungby. Halfway through the bus trip, Jocke made an announcement that he had wine, beer, and cider for us to celebrate such a successful season as rookies in the Elite Series. We started drinking and playing some games before finally pulling up to Sunnerbohallen and stopping at the Yellow House for our end of the season "party". We were greeted by speakers blaring Queen's "We Are the Champions" and members of the board cheering for us. It was such a great way to be welcomed home, Jo actually asked at one point "did we win?" We ate, drank, danced, and sang for hours, stopping only for the occasional speech. Despite the low feeling we all had after realizing that the season was over, this party was able to help lift our spirits. The board had decorated the club house with Swedish and American flags (love it!), all of our individual head shots from the beginning of the season, and some signs for next year's season in the Elite Series.

DJ Jimmie

LVBK is a 2012/13 Elite Series team!!

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