Saturday, October 31, 2015

"I'm disappointed in myself"

Gislaved continues to lose.
Daniel Magnusson takes responsibility for the loss and searches for a new leadership voice within the team.

Svedala Gislaved 3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 25-20, 14-25, 25-22)

"I'm incredibly disappointed. It has been a long time since I was this disappointed. I am not disappointed with the girls as individuals but on how the game is."

Gislaved VK knew exactly how the series leader, Svedala, would play. Yet they fell.
"Our game plan was completely accurate. Certainly they will surprise us a few times, but mostly they did exactly what we knew that they would do."

Magnusson feels that he did not like what he did to the players.

"Why do we win so easily in the third, but don't perform that way in the rest of the sets? I am disappointed in myself. I should go home to Gislaved."

He also thought about how the team could take the lead and then drop it.

"The score could be tied 10-10, for example, and then we lose only a ball and get a little uneasy, then we lose the ball number two and three and then doubt creeps in our minds and we've lost."

It felt at the beginning of the season you won rallies when it hung in the balance, you won balls when it needed to be decided, but it is not quite the same now, was it luck or have you just forgetten how to do?
"That's the [million dollar] question. It feels like a mental block. We start to get a little outside the game plan and have not found our speed yet. Hylte/Halmstad plays fast. Holte and Brøndby play fast. Svedala plays fast. Our bodies have time, but our minds haven't caught up."

Has the Öresundliga taken the air out from you?

"No, it's a very good thing. I do not think girls sit and count wins and losses. If we had been taken a beating in the Öresundliga, then it would have been a different thing. Now we see it as a good opportunity to exercise."

Players may have had lower self-confidence from losses in the Öresundliga?
"I do not think so. They are fighting hard in practices, despite some bumps and bruises along our path."

What is needed to reverse the trend?
"We must get more speed in training. I'll have a talk with management. I think it might be good to get a different voice on one or a few trainings. Someone who can light a fire for the girls."

But that's no crisis right?

"No. There is no panic. It feels like we are on the balance between out-playing opponents and playing smoothly with them and lose. We are a really good team and we just need remember how we played against Sollentuna."

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