2018-2019 German Bundesliga
Berlin Recycling Volleys Def. Helios Grizzlys Giesen 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-18)
Berlin got their first win of the season behind 24 points from Kyle Russell. The starting opposite delivered on 20 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces. Dustin Watten was the team’s leading passer with 44% of his receptions being rated as perfect. Jeff Jendryk scored 10 points in the middle, while Samuele Tuia contributed 10 from the outside. Nicolas Le Goff led the match with 4 blocks to go along with 3 kills.
Jerome Clere led Giesen with 12 points on 11 kills and a block. Hauke Wagner was the only other player to produce double-digit scoring with 10 points on 9 kills and an ace.
SVG Luneburg Def. United Volleys Frankfurt 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-21)
Ryan Sclater of Canada led Luneburg with 22 points on 21 kills and an ace. Cody Kessel chipped in 14 points on 12 kills, 1 block, and 1 service ace. Raymond Szeto and Noah Baxpohler both contributed 13 points in the win.
Mortiz Karlitzek was the only player for United Volleys to break 10 points. The outside hitter scored 14 points on 11 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace. Tanner Syftestad made his first appearance for Frankfurt after graduating from UC San Diego last year. He was used as a substitute in sets 2 and 3, while he started in set 4. Syftestad did not reguster a point in his first outing.
VfB Friedrichshafen Def. TV Rottenburg 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-17)
Vital Heynen got his first win of the season with Friedrichshafen after winning the FIVB World Championship with Poland just a few weeks ago. Bartłomiej Bołądź led the way with 15 points on 15 kills. Robert Aciobanitei was right behind with 13 points from 11 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace. David Sossenheimer contributed 11 points. He put away 8 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace.
Rottenburg got 12 points from Idner Lima Martins and 11 from Timon Schippmann. Mitchell Penning did not feature in the lineup for Rottenburg but was dressed out.
Volleyball Bisons Bühl Def. WWK Volleys Herrsching 3-2 (18-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-13)
Herrsching blew a 2-0 set lead and a 12-9 lead in the 5th set to drop their first match of the season. Bühl was led by Bruno Lima, who put up 30 points in the win. The Argentinian opposite scored on 26 kills, 3 blocks, and 1 ace. Jake Arnitz was the next-leading scorer with 13 points from 10 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace. Akhrorjon Sobirov contributed 10 points on 6 kills, 1 block, and 3 aces.
Nick West led Herrshing with 25 points from the opposite position. He registered 24 kills and a block. Bryan Fraser chipped in 10 points while Jozsef Alpar put up 18 in the defeat.
Hypo Tirol AlpenVolleys Def. Netzhoppers SolWo 3-1 (24-26, 30-28, 25-20, 25-20)
Thomas Hodges, formerly of UC Irvine, scored 13 points for the AlpenVolleys, and Pawel Halaba chipped in 18 more in the victory. Halaba led the match with 3 blocks. Guimaraes De Leon led the match with 23 points on 21 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace. Matthew Pollock came on as a substitute at middle blocker and finished with 4 kills on 6 attempts without an error. He also contributed a block.
The Netzhoppers were led by Casey Schouten and Dirk Westphal. Schouten put up 21 points, 17 coning from kills. Westphal finished with 14 kills and 1 blocks. Theo Timmermann chipped in 14 points, with a match-high 3 aces to go with 11 kills.