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Roeselare answers as it should to Maaseik: “Not only in terms of numbers, but also mentally, the plates are in balance again” (Roeselare)

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Seppe Rotty was top scorer with 22 points. — © Belga

VOLLEYBALL LOTTO VOLLEY LEAGUE – FINAL PLAYOFFS: KNACK ROESELARE – GREENYARD MAASEIK 3-1

Roeselare –

Roeselare appeared to be in no way upset in front of its own audience on Saturday evening after Thursday’s defeat in Maaseik. With the same 3-1 figures but above all a clear dominance, Knack put the Limburgers aside. Continued on Tuesday with the third final match in Maaseik.

As expected, the battle for the title will last longer than three games this season. Maaseik dealt a blow in the first match, but Roeselare responded with a firm blow in the Tomabelhal. For the home team, center Lennert Van Elsen started in the starting line-up in place of ex-Maaseik player Henri Treial, meaning Knack served with an all-Belgian line-up.

Just like Thursday, only the second set was exciting. Maaseik overcame a 24-22 deficit and three set balls for Roeselare, scored set balls himself and Bartos completed the third: 27-29. Knack reacted furiously and wiped Greenyard off the court 25-15 in the third inning, mainly through a scorching serve. After 18-17 in set four, the Limburgers finally had to fold.

“We were better than in the first match and Maaseik was especially weak in reception. It is possible that the long-distance move had an influence,” said Seppe Rotty, once again ‘Star of the Game’ and top scorer with 22 points. “After the 3-1 in Limburg we were disappointed, but certainly not mentally broken. We knew it was a matter of breaking the flow at Maaseik and we succeeded. Especially by raising our own level slightly, with a much heavier serving pressure, for example, and also through some subtle tactical interventions. With Lennert Van Elsen instead of Henri Treial in the middle, but also with small position changes at the net in certain situations.”

“It was a matter of breaking the flow at Maaseik and we succeeded”

Rotty knew

“We will start from scratch again on Tuesday in Maaseik,” Rotty concluded. “Not only in terms of numbers, but also mentally, the tables are in balance again. The home advantage but also the associated pressure are once again in the Limburg camp. We are of course keen to be the first to break that home advantage. Winning on Tuesday in Maaseik and then becoming champion on Thursday in the Tomabelhal is the dream scenario, of course. Difficult, for sure, but certainly not impossible.”

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