Germany has advanced to the final of the IFA 2018 Fistball Women’s World Championship in Linz. In a highly exciting semi-final game, the defending champion defeats Brazil with 3:2 in sets in a re-match of the 2016 final.
The German team started with Sonja Pfrommer, Stephanie Dannecker, Hinrike Seitz, Annika Bösch and Theresa Schröder. Tatiane Schneider, Isabella Lucchin, Angela Melo, Rejane Sinhori and Bianca Süffert included the starting line-up of Brazil.
The Seleção starts better into the game, establishing a 3:0 lead. However, the German team bounces back and at 10:9 has its first set point. Stephanie Dannecker converts the second opportunity – 1:0 for Germany. Set two: Brazil comes again better out of the starting blocks and Germany equalizes. Brazil re-seizes control and takes the second set.
In the third set, the Brazilian team has two set points at 10:8, but is not able to benefit from the opportunity. This is Germany’s chance: Svenja Schröder delivers two points and puts the score to 2:1 in sets for the German team. Set four is again evenly matched – the German squad takes the lead at 5:4 when Brazil bounces back. The South Americans lead at 8:6 and keep the momentum to drive home the fourth set (11:8).
Like in the match between Switzerland and Austria, the game goes over five sets. In the decisive fifth set, Germany establishes a four-point lead at half time. At 8:4 for the German squad, the Brazilian team takes again a time out, but cannot re-bounce once the match is back on. Germany wins the set through an ace by Stephanie Dannecker (11:7) and thus the match.
Germany will play against Switzerland in the final, and Brazil is facing Austria in the Bronze medal match.
Jan Hoffrichter, Assistant Coach (GER): We expected a close game against Brazil, that’s for sure. We wanted to win this game and make it to the finals. We are the current World-Champions and want to reclaim the title. We were satisfied with our performance.
Sergio Muller, Assistant Coach (BRA): We discussed tactics beforehand, but could not stick to it for the entire match. I am really proud of my defense, they played really good. Our key player was, of course, Tatiane [Schneider], who, unfortunately, did not have her best day. That happens. We are looking forward to tomorrow. Congratulations to Germany.