The adventure for the volleyball players started yesterday. “The team arrived in Tenerife and was immediately warmly received by a group of supporters,” says chairman Martin Reesink. Last week, Borne played in an empty sports hall, but Dutch fans are present on the island in the Atlantic Ocean.
‘Spirit is in it’
Last week, in the club’s very first European game, the Spaniards lost 2-3. “That was a fantastic match to watch, super exciting”, Reesink looks back. “We hope that again tonight, but hopefully the penny will fall the other way. We certainly do not stand a chance.”
He has confidence in his team. “The spirit is there. The team is very driven.”
Check out the highlights from last week’s game here:
Because this is the first Apollo 8 game on European soil, it is a special evening for the club. “It is certainly very special. You notice that in everyone”, Reerink admits. “We are super excited, really cool.”
‘Not so much stress’
Despite the European first, there is still a lot at stake for the team from Borne. There is a battle for a place in the last sixteen of the Challenge Cup. Spain has to win at least 1-3.
Reesink hopes for a good result. “It is of course fantastic for the ladies to play here, with fans from their own ranks. Then it will automatically be possible to focus on the game. I don’t think they are bothered so much by the tension.”
The La Laguna Tenerife – Apollo 8 match can be seen live on the RTV Oost YouTube channel from 9 p.m. A summary can be seen on TV Oost at 23.30.