It’s done! Benfica is three-time National Volleyball Champion after defeating Sporting 3-0 at Pavilhão n.º 2 da Luz, in game 3 of the final of the play-off of the National Championship.
With very well composed countertops it is a excellent environment to support the formation of the houseon the other side of the barricade were the greens and whites knowing that they had in this match the last opportunity to avoid the title of National Champion of Benfica.
THE 1st set started with the Sporting betterbut where the balance was the dominant notehighlighting the side out. At the red sideThe servicea low defensethe attack on pipe and on opposite zone or the counterattacks they were weapons that shuffled the adversary; The Sporting had difficulties in setting up his block, but he kept to the derby through the shots in zones 4 and opposite. in the final part of 1st setBenfica opted for a more aggressive service, took a distance and won, for 25-18.
before the start of 2nd sethighlighting the tribute paid by Pavilhão n.º 2 da Luz to the male children for winning the Regional Championship. Leading 1-0, Benfica entered at full throttle in this partial, with the attacks to carburete by zones 4 and opposite, thanks to the efficiency in the reception and the variability of the distributor in the offensive construction. Sporting felt difficulties in stopping the eagles and was committing several unforced errors, namely in the service action. The exception was the effectiveness in the opposite zone, however insufficient to prevent Benfica’s victory in the 2nd setper 25-17.
In Luz no one could be seated anymore. It smelled like a title, with Benfica one set to celebrate. THE 3rd set of the derby began something uncharacteristic, with unforced errors from side to side. Red in the front, due to several attacks in the pipe, lions in pursuit, the result of shots from the opposite. On the court, the commanded by Marcel Matz seemed to have the game controlledbut they lowered the pace and aggressiveness, took advantage of Sporting to move forward and even extend the advantage. Marcel Matz stopped the match, gathered the troops and Benfica got back on the scoreboard. Red-hot emotion, dot here, dot there, with the 3rd set to have to be resolved on the advantages. Then it fell to those of Light (27-25). Benfica won the game by 3-0consecrated National Champion for the 10th time in its history!
Marcel Matz (Benfica coach): “It’s great to celebrate at home. I didn’t know what it was like. In the 3rd set things could have been complicated, but we got the comeback and it was sensational. Congratulations to the team, the season was fantastic. We won three titles, we qualified for the Champions League and we ended it with a flourish, at home, in the presence of the fans and the family. We worked hard every day to feel this emotion and be able to provide this to our families. I’m happy for the players.”
Hugo Gaspar (Benfica captain): “At home, with our fans and family, it’s delicious. What counts is the amount of titles that this team has. It’s the result of what we’ve worked on throughout the season, the support of our families, our fans and all Benfica’s organization, which culminates in this title victory. Anyone who knows me, knows that I always give the liter. I live for sport and for these achievements. I have great support from my family and it’s for them that I’m here. It was a golden age.”
Tiago Violas (distributor): “We’ve been looking forward to celebrating the title here at home for many years with these fantastic fans. It was a pleasure to compete and win this title. Seasons are never easy, but our team reaches decisive heights and everyone says present. and we are to be congratulated.”
Bernardo Westermann (distributor): “For me, it’s new. It’s the most important championship. The group is wonderful. We played a perfect game and we managed to put into practice what we’ve worked on all week. It’s very special. We played three good games, I’ve always trusted our team since the start.”
André Lopes (zone 4): “It was another title. We played three great games in the final, congratulations to the entire structure. It was a great season, we won practically everything, we had a great campaign in the Champions League. Congratulations to all and many thanks to our fans for supporting the throughout the entire season. We are celebrating the third championship and we are very happy. It’s completely different to celebrate at home, with our fans and with our families. It’s indescribable!”
Lucas France (center): “The feeling is very gratifying. The season was very hard, we worked hard, we achieved all our goals and this is the result of the support of our families and our fans. This is my first title of many. We fought a lot in training and in games . The title is the result of our delivery. It is the first time that I have won a national title and I have no words to see this support and this energy.”
Rapha (zone 4): “This team is a family. It’s been five very exciting seasons. Being part of this team makes me emotional, and it makes it easier to do what we did today [sábado]. We managed to bring this title to Benfica. It was a very exhausting year, because we had the obligation to keep the title. We managed to put in our commitment and we had a wonderful and historic season in the Champions League. We are very happy.”
Peter Wohlfi (center): “It’s amazing! We’ve won two championships away from home, but winning at home, with the fans, is amazing. It’s the highlight of the season. We have a good team and we’re like a family.”
Ivo Casas (libero): “It couldn’t have gone better. It was a very successful season. We managed to conquer all the proposed goals. It’s another Triplet and it’s been fantastic. We have to enjoy each conquest as if it were the last. more, game after game, competition after competition, title after title. It’s never too much to win, I’m very satisfied. Celebrating at home with our fans is rewarding and clearly different.”
Pavilion no. 2 da Luz
|Benfica’s starting line-up|
|Lucas França, Tiago Violas, Rapha, Peter Wohlfi, Japa, Hugo Gaspar and Ivo Casas (L)|
|André Lopes, Bernardo Westermann, Pablo Nathan, Nikula, Zelão, Carlos Puron and Bernardo Silva (L)|
|Sporting’s starting line-up|
|Tiago Barth, Frederico Santos, Thomas Powell, Dvoranen, Masso, Joaquín Gallego and João Fidalgo (L)|
|Vinha, Tiago Pereira, Victor Pereira, Gil Pereira and Rafael Cavalcanti|
|1st set||2nd set||3rd set|