Friday, February 5, 2016

GVK collides with history

Nine losses in nine attempts.
Gislaveds VK could not stop the force of history.

GVK - HH 0-3: 19-25, 15-25, 23-25
Hylte/Halmstad has proven too difficult for GVK. Thursday night was the ninth loss in nine attempts by 19-25, 15-25 and 23-25.

But Gislaved did not go down easily.

"At times, we look great. There are many things to take with us."

Head coach Daniel Magnusson saw how GVK could, at times, keep pace with Hylte/Halmstad, despite star player Ester de Vries sidelined with an injury. Magnusson looked to Ebba Ekblad to fill the role at outside hitter. He saw Finnish outside Hanna Salomäki leading the team in defense and attacking with 8 kills. He saw Meghan Sherman doing what she could to spread the offense.

And saw how Mathilda Carlsson continued to develop forward.

"To be able to beat Hylte/Halmstad, we can't have any dips," says libero Jessica Lakatos, who thought the team had difficulty finding the energy after the victory against Svedala.

It gave the visiting team an opportunity to strike back quickly and mercilessly in the middle.

"There is no excuse. Hylte was the better team tonight," says Magnusson.

The home team will need to work on their serves and speed of the game to get closer to the top team.

It looked like it could be a set-win in the third, as the GVK put pressure on Hylte's setter, and took a lead 4-1. GVK walked up to 10-6 and 11-9.

But no further.

"In the third we executed our game plan well. But now we must ensure that all players get healthy so we can get up to speed in training again," says Magnusson.

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