Sunday, October 11, 2015

"She had a playground today"

Engelholm's roster lists one of Sweden's best players.

Which was made clear to GVK during Sunday's match.

Ester de Vries led GVK with 13 points
Engelholm-Gislaved 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-21)
Isabelle Haak is only 16 years old, but she is already Sweden's top player and it GVK had a first-hand experience.

"She had playhouse today. Everything worked for her. We could not stop her," says GVK-coach Daniel Magnusson.

But the game was still steady, although Haak took down 24 points, earning almost an entire set by herself.

The largest set-margin was just by four balls. 

"At times, we played well and showed a lot of passion." 

But overall, he was not satisfied.

"We need to get better at executing our tactical details. We did not follow our game plan well at all today, both in our serve and defensive game. But it is also quite difficult against Engelholm."

The team did not have an optimal match-preparation. As we wrote earlier, it was a monster weekend and it was not made easier by Saturday's five-set match.

"It was in the legs. Then I think we were taken by surprise when Haak and their setter connected so well. We were probably the first to meet that combination in such a great connection. It was not underrated but it went quick and [Haak] hits high."

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