Första matcherna i Örnahallen spelades under lördagen och först ut var damerna. Här mötte man Örebro vilka alltid är starka aspiranter till alla troféer.
Vid ställning 9 lika i första set var vi många som trodde att detta skulle bli en riktigt spännande femsetare, men där växlar Hylte/Halmstad upp rejält. Många poäng gjordes av giganterna Ellen Amaral och Hanna Hellvig. Örebro gavs inte en chans att komma igen. Det var verkligen ett lag som höll i taktpinnen och förde matchen precis dit man ville. Men, det var tack vare ett otroligt sammansvetsat och hårt arbetade lag man genomförde matchen som man gjorde. Så alla ska ha stor cred för vinsten igår.
Coach Pedro Mendes säger efter matchen;
It was a match that we had as main goal to bring a lot of energy to the court and be aggressive from the first ball and that’s exactly what happened. The team was extremely focused on executed the game plan without forget the basic fundamentals of our own game. Our Sideout worked out very well with smart attack decisions by each of our hitters.
Our Brazilian OH Ellen Amaral had a spetacular game but it is also important to be mentioned as well the hard work from everyone else around her. We had really good practices leading up to the match, thanks to all of our 12 players that are understanding how important it is for us to set up high standards for ourselves. Our receivers did an amazing Job handling some really hard servers from Orebro, never allowing them to create any momentum from the serve line. All three of our receivers, our libero Klara, Hanna and Ellen with really impressive numbers. It made the life of our setter Clarisa a little easier yesterday, allowing her to show what she can do throught the Middle as well with our very promissing player Lilly, contribuiting with impressive 11 points, 7 attacks, 3 blocks and 1 ace.
Another important factor about yesterdays win was to have back one of our team leaders. Jona had a muscle problem about 3 weeks but every since she has been working her best to be back as soon as possible to help the team in any possible way. She is an example of a leadership for the team.
Our next challenge now is on the road next weekend against Sollentuna and RIG/Falkoping, and as a goal to keep developing ourselves as a solid team able to mantain our best level thoughtout of the whole match.
We would also like to invite our fans to follow us on these away matches through the live streams available on the federantion website.
Som bästa spelare i Hylte/Halmstad utsågs nr 7, Ellen Amaral