The women’s team of Hapoel Kfar Saba in volleyball lost tonight in the home court to the Romanian team Madgidia 3: 0, in the first game of the eighth stage of the European Challenge Cup final. The task of reaching the European quarter-finals looks difficult.
Kfar Saba, which until this game had a perfect balance of four victories in the European factory, this time encountered a strong and organized rivalry, which includes six selected players, including three prominent players. The Romanian opponent faced the challenge and from the beginning of the game took control, and in the first set they won 17:25. The second set was fascinating and close, when the Kfar Saba players gave a great fight and managed to equalize to 22:22. For a moment it seemed like she was back in the picture of the game, but in Money Time the Romanian hand was on top, winning 22:25. The trend did not change in the third set either, which ended in the Romanians’ 19:25 victory. The match was held in the “Arik Einstein” hall in front of hundreds of fans who were not frightened by the stormy weather outside and created a colorful atmosphere, but the Romanian actresses surpassed themselves and were not excited.
Hapoel Kfar Saba will face the rematch in Romania on Wednesday, in an attempt to correct the impression. They will have to win in three or four sets, to drag the game to a gold system. Hapoel Kfar Saba, which listed in its previous games in the Challenge Cups, this time failed to develop its regular offensive game. The Romanians presented a high level of defensive play alongside maximum efficiency on offense. Kfar Saba’s attack percentage was low (32) compared to 45 for Romanians. The fighting spirit was not at the expected level and towards the rematch the team will have to be more alert. Hannah Couture, finished with 12 points, and Anna Wilkie with 11 points. The other actresses did not show their normal level.
Coach Elad Spaghetti: “We played against a good and strong team. At the same time, we could have done more, especially in our attacking game. The girls gave everything they can today. In return we will have the opportunity to do more.”