Germany Defends Title at WWC
Germany has defended its title at the IFA 2018 Fistball Women’s World Championship with a 4:1 victory over Switzerland, thus securing its sixth title win.
The first set was a tight affair until 9:9. Germany’s captain Sonja Pfrommer got gradually better into the game and secured the set point with an ace. Stehanie Dannecker converts the set point and puts her team into the lead. The second set is a tight affair – Switzerland quickly pulls ahead and establishes a comfortable 9:3 lead. However, the German team scores four points in a row, and Switzerland takes a time out. Germany defends the first Swiss set point, but Switzerland gets another chance. This time the Swiss squad scores the point – a ball from Sonja Pfrommer goes out. 1:1 in sets.
In set three, Switzerland keeps in reach until 6:7 when Germany pulls ahead and drives home the set win. The Swiss squad makes the first point in the fourth set, but Germany’s Stephanie Dannecker equalizes and brings her team back in stride, establishing a three-point lead. Swiss attacker Tanja Bognar scores a great point and reduces to a one-point difference. The German squad then pulls ahead at the mid of the set and drives home the set win to a 3:1 lead.
The fifth set is a clear matter for the German team. Sonja Pfrommer plays three strong points in a row, establishing a 4:0 lead. Switzerland can reduce by a point, but then the German team is on a roll and secures its first match point at 10:1 which the team of coach Silke Eber converts. Germany thus secures a 4:1 match win.
Anna-Lisa Aldinger (GER): It feels incredible to have won, to have won the title again. I can’t believe it! I think, I’ll need a week, a month or more to realize it. I’ll have to go over it again and again, then, maybe, I’ll realize it. It’s fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.
Tanja Bognar (SUI): I think, if you get to the finals, you wanna win it. We wanted to. The first two sets were great. Of course, we are disappointed, we wanted to beat the World-Champion. We haven’t been to the finals since 2002, that’s something we can be proud of. That’s also why we are going to celebrate tonight!