Go hard or go home

Yesterday was day of serious competition! There were seven games, five female and two male, and some matches dictated the passage to the final stage.
In the female competition is time to the final rounds. Today are the semi-finals with HfPV Wiesbaden playing against University of Konstanz and University of Vincent Pol meeting University of Malaga.
In the male competition is the last day of the group stage. Until now only University of Cordoba ensured a place in the great final.

The female team of University of Malaga won the last game of the group stage against University of Pitesti by 27-32, a result that gave the Spanish team the passport to the semifinals. The first five minutes were balanced, but the Spanish team quickly took the lead with a 6-0 partial. The difference between the teams became bigger as the time passed. Pitesti only recovered on the final ten minutes of the first half, but they went with a 8-17 disadvantage for the break. The restart brought a different attitude from Pitesti, however the Spanish team managed the advantage. Pitesti ended in the 5th place of the Group A without any point, which automatically puts the Romanian team on the 9th and last place of the championship, out of the 5th to the 8th places decision.

University of Wiesbaden meet Marmara University and secured the first place in their group. The german team quickly took command of the game with a partial 4-0. The turkish team had the opportunity to tie the game but failed. The germans extended the advantage before the break having fixed the result at the end of the first half in 11-14. The Wiesbaden team reached the 12th minute of the second half with a 8 goals advantage. Until the end the german team managed the match, winning with the final score of 23-36.

University of Cordoba guaranteed at least the second place in their group in the male competition, which gave them access to the great final. The spanish team won Wiesbaden by 26-18. By the 10th minute, the Spanish was winning 5-6 due to the game’s balance. At break, they had increased their advantage achieving a three goals difference (10-13). The german returned with hope to overturn their disadvantage. However, Cordoba was defensively faultless, not allowing the opponent to reach their pivot. Univ. of Cordoba keeps invincible, with four wins in the same number of matches. On the other hand, Wiesbaden has two victories and two losses.

In the men’s group the teams of Leiria Polytechnic Institute and University of Strasbourg faced each other. It was a decisive game for both teams, since none had won until now. After a balanced game, University of Strasbourg came out winning by 23-27. Leiria’s team stayed ahead of the scoreboard for most of the first half, but after 25 minutes University of Strasbourg tied in the 8 goals mark. The second half begun with goals from both teams and after 40 minutes the game was still tied 15-15. After 45 minutes, University of Strasbourg reversed the result and managed to achieve the so desired first victory.

Toulon-Var University faced University of Konstanz and before imposed a 0-5 advantage by the 5th minute. University of Konstantz tried to overcome this disadvantage but their effort was not enough and went to the break loosing 9-14. In the second half the germans got more confident, however some ball losses and technical fouls transformed in a bigger disadvantage. Midway through the 2nd time the german team changed their strategy focusing on individual marking and balanced the match (17-19), but University Toulon-Var ended up winning the match 23-26.

University of Aveiro started the game determined but was not easy to face the physically stronger Polish team. University Vincent-Pol kept extending their advantage, reaching the break with a clear 23-11. During the second half the University Vincent-Pol kept stronger and smashed Aveiro’s team 43-14.

In the last game of the fifth day of competition, the male teams of University of Minho and University of Pitesti faced each other. Both teams were in the same situation, with two wins. The home team was pressed to win this game against the romanians, to get a place in the final. Winning at half-time by 18-7, the game was practically decided. In the second half, the portuguese team reached a 20 goals advantage, but in the last seconds Pitesti team scored again and reduced the goal difference to 19. University of Minho got a significant victory of 19-38.

30 / Nov / -0001

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