DThe dream of the German volleyball players of the fourth Olympic participation has burst. The team of national coach Felix Koslowski was clearly defeated 0: 3 (17:25, 19:25, 22:25) in the final of the qualification tournament in the “Hexenkessel” in Apeldoorn, Turkey. So there is no German volleyball team at the summer games in Tokyo, the men had also missed the ticket.
“We failed because of a very strong Turkish team that made life incredibly difficult for us. You controlled the game from start to finish today. We did play in Apeldoorn, but it felt like we played in Ankara, “said Koslowski:” It’s really difficult to deal with, the team played outstandingly, it hurts a lot. “
In the decisive game of all places, the German team did not build on their previously outstanding tournament performance. The Turkish women coached by former national coach Giovanni Guidetti got off to a great start, the Germans found hardly any funds, but fought their way into the game point by point. In the first set, however, there was a gap that the Koslowski-Six did not catch up.
“Do you want to go to Tokyo? We cannot be so passive “
Driven by the fans, mostly dressed in red, who mercilessly booed every action by the Germans, the Turkish women kept their head on the water, the German block could not attack the strong attackers, plus some individual mistakes.
In the second set, it was the 21-year-old striker Hanna Orthmann who kept her team in the game with good actions. Koslowski mentally got his team back on track: “Why did we fight all week? Do you want to go to Tokyo? We shouldn’t be so passive, ”said the coach during a break.
Diagonal attacker Louisa Lippmann also showed nice actions over and over again. Overall, however, the consistency that the team had awarded in previous games to seriously put pressure on the favored Turkish women was missing. In the end there was a clear and well deserved defeat for the young DVV selection, which despite all the disappointment can look to the future with optimism.
In the group stage, the Germans had defeated Turkey 3-1 and then followed by three more wins, including a sovereign 3-0 in the semi-final against hosts Netherlands. The very big coup failed to materialize.
The DVV must therefore continue to wait for the first participation of its women’s team since 2004. Already 16 years ago the opponent was called Turkey in the final, at that time Germany won 3-0.
National coach Andrea Giani’s men lost their Tokyo ticket on Friday in a 0-3 win against France in the final of the qualifying tournament in Berlin.