Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dream-start for Magnusson's GVK

Esther De Vries.
Add that name to your memory.
"She was great," says GVK's coach Daniel Magnusson.

Sollentuna - Gislaved, 0-3 (13-25, 16-25, 23-25)

When Gislaved VK got a new coach, Daniel Magnusson, it was the Dutch Ester de Vries at the top of his list for the club to recruit.

After some discussion with the club management, he received the green light to attract the hard-hitting the Dutch - but then Ester De Vries was not interested.

But Daniel was stubborn and finally got the club her signature - and after Saturday's Elite Series premiere Sollentuna, no one is complaining.

The Dutch attacker was a high-flying giant, accounting for a full 19 points.

"She was great," praises GVK-coach Daniel Magnusson.

He continues:

"She was named player of the match, and no one can argue against that."

"But again, I must give credit to the whole team and a little extra to Sofie Bäck, Emina Bosno and Emma Tenghammar. These three young players that made their Elitserien debut and left a wonderful impression on me."

And according to Daniel, this is GVK's strength this season: to be able to change around as many players as possible without losing quality.

"It makes me really happy to be able to use the full bench."

3-0 in the opening weekend.

A result which reveals that GVK played well, or...?

"Absolutely. We went into the game with a focused plan and we keep the whole match," says Daniel.

And adds:

"I was not even worried in the third set, even though it was a much closer set. Jessica (Lakatos) stepped in to the team [at a crucial point in the match] and took a great responsibility to help the rest of the team to relax and I'm glad she showed it already in the first match as our starting libero."

"This was a dream start for us and that we also secured the three points [to the league rankings] can be really important in the future."

The upcoming weekend, GVK is expecting a tough new challenge.

GVK joins into the newly developed Öresund-league, with a home match against Denmark's Brandy VK on Saturday, and continues play on Sunday where GVK travels to play Swedish Champions Engelholm.

"A fun challenge," says Daniel and further elaborates:

"Our preparation focuses completely on the Engelholm match on Sunday. Elitserien, after all, is the most important thing."

"But for that matter, we do not take lightly the task against Brøndby, but it gives me a lot of wonderful opportunities to continue airing the younger players and give them more experience at this level. So the home crowd will probably see the good volleyball."

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