Home » After stunt, Jelle Sinnesael and Decospan Menen fully believe in European ticket: “The first step is to beat Ghent” (Menen)

After stunt, Jelle Sinnesael and Decospan Menen fully believe in European ticket: “The first step is to beat Ghent” (Menen)

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Jelle Sinnesael admits that Menen has shown too little consistency this season. — © Bart Vandenbroucke

VOLLEYBALL LOTTO VOLLEY LEAGUE – CHALLENGE TICKET QUALIFICATION: DECOSPAN MENEN – CARUUR GHENT

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Can Menen still put a nice end to a – to say the least – changeable 2023-2024 season in the ‘Challenge Ticket Qualification’? The Decospan fans will get the first part of the answer to that question on Friday evening in the home match against Ghent.

“A changeable but not a failed season,” chairman Pierre Vandeputte did not sound dissatisfied a few weeks ago. “We played the cup final for the second time in a row and finished in fourth place in the regular competition.”

Last Saturday, Menen surprised in a positive way by beating leader Maaseik 3-2 and on the very last match day of the play-offs, thanks to a first victory in extremis over Borgworm, they moved to fifth place. As a result, Menen retains the home advantage in the added part of the ‘Challenge Ticket Qualification’, which includes a European ticket for next season in the CEV Challenge Cup. In human language: if Menen beats Ghent in their own home on Friday evening and then also beats the winner of the Borgworm-Achel match at home, then Decospan will also play European next season.

“Winning against Ghent on Friday is a must,” says assistant coach Jelle Sinnesael resolutely. “Ignoring the European ticket would put a dampener on the past season. As the chairman says, it is certainly not a failed season in terms of the final balance. However, we must remain sufficiently self-critical and admit that we did not achieve enough consistency in the level and performance.”

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Better Achel than Borgworm

“We should certainly not underestimate Caruur,” concludes Sinnesael. “In the Challenge Play-off, they played four matches against Achel and Guibertin in recent weeks in the shadow of the Champion Play-off, but I expect a motivated Ghent that will also go all out for that last European ticket. If we win, we will play again at home against Borgworm or Achel next Friday. Then give me Achel as an opponent, because Borgworm was too often our black beast last season. We knocked them out of the cup, but lost four times against the ‘wawas’ in the regular competition and in the play-offs.”

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