Schwerin (dpa/mv) - The women's volleyball team from SSC Palmberg Schwerin kept the chance of reaching the semi-finals in the CEV Cup. Although the third-placed Bundesliga player lost in the first leg of the playoff quarter-finals on Wednesday evening at Italian top club Scandicci 2: 3 (21:25, 21:25, 26:24, 25:16, 11:15), he managed to win with the two Sentences but a good starting position for the second leg in a week. In this, a 3-1 victory would be enough for the SSC to progress.
After a balanced start in the first round for a long time, the SSC had gained a 16:14 lead, but fell behind after a 0:5 series and had to give up the set. The decision was also made late in the second round. From 16:16 the hostesses pulled away to 20:16 and paved the way for a 2:0 lead.
The third set seemed to be decided early on and the defeat for the SSC was clear after the 19:22 in the meantime. But the Mecklenburgers stayed tuned, won the set and shortened to 1:2. And then they won the fourth round surprisingly well. In the tie-break, Scandicci was the better team again in the final phase and still made the victory perfect.