Knack Roeselare is back in the title race again. In the Maaseik den of the lion, the final won number two with dry 0-3 figures. It erased her 1-0 deficit, so everything can be redone again. A new Clásico will follow at Schiervelde on Saturday.
After last weekend’s home defeat, it was curious to look forward to the Roeselare line-up. Coach Vanmedegael eventually made one change in his starting line-up. Top talent Mathijs Desmet was now preferred over Andreas Fragkos, who was shared top scorer in the final number one. After a balanced opening phase, Knack took firm control from the halfway point. So the reverse scenario from last Saturday. At Roeselare, almost everyone now scored smoothly. For Maaseik, it was mainly Maan and Cox who had to get the chestnuts out of the fire, but that was not enough. Maaseik would never achieve the same high level of the first final in the service. It was also difficult at times on a reception and defensive level.
Rock solid Roeselare
Home coach Joel Banks tried to turn the tide with a few changes and captain Jelte Maan regularly tried to set fire to it, but Greenyard simply didn’t have the desired top day. A rock-solid Roeselare, with a strong Coolman in the middle, benefited optimally. In set two it was Desmet who ultimately made the difference. With moneytime in sight, he shot in a number of times and thanked Vanmedegael for his confidence: 0-2. Knack was now on roses and retained control afterwards.
Maaseik wanted to, but did not find any solutions. It was therefore no longer exciting. The visitors smelled blood and no longer relinquished control. Greenyard, with Javad regularly at the pass, tried to hook up the wagon but could not close the gap. Stahl cleared one more match ball, but the second was bingo. Coolman finished for no less than 0-3. In this way, the West Flemings rectify the skewed situation and in turn also strike Maaseik. Striking: it was again the away team that won the longest. At 1-1, everything can be redone in this title fight. Final number three follows Schiervelde on Saturday.
Sets: 21-25, 23-25, 21-25.
Maaseik: Martinez, McCluskey, Maan, Stahl, Verhees, Cox, libero: Dronkers. Fell into: Esfandiar, Kindt, Javad, Espeland.
Roeselare: Tuerlinckx, D’Hulst, Coolman, Verhanneman, Desmet, Fasteland, libero: Deroey. Fell in: Ahyi, Depovere, Van Schie.