VfB Friedrichshafen, who secured the top-seed for the playoffs, several rounds ago, remained undefeated in the season, including both domestic and international tournaments. The „Häfler“ swept SVG Lüneburg on the road by a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) to reach a 35-0 record in the 2017/18! Friedrichshafen coach Vital Heynen experimented with the lineup in several previous encounters in Bundesliga so, the game vs. Lüneburg was no exception. For instance, the leader in the tournament MVP ranking list, the Greek outside hitter Athanasios Protopsaltis, played as libero today! The Bulgarian Martin Atanasov topped Friedrichshafen with 12 points. The Canadian Ryan Sclater scored 20 points for the losing side.
United Volleys Rhein-Main defended No.3 for the playoff as they beat Netzhoppers SolWo Königspark KW by a 3-0 thanks to 16 points from Moritz Karlitzek and 5 aces from an Australian Lincoln Williams.
Bundesliga newbies Hypo Tirol AlpenVolleys Haching will go to the playoffs as No.5. By beating TV Rottenburg in straight sets, they kept the distance to the sixth-placed TSV Herrsching, who earned the last automatic berth for the playoff quarterfinals. The Belgian Igor Grobelny recorded 14 points for Tirol.
The last-placed Bergische Volleys are relegated to Division 2 (2. Bundesliga).
Bracket of the first round of the playoffs (best-of-three format):
No.7 SVG Lüneburg vs. No.10 TV Rottenburg
No.8 Volleyball Bisons Bühl vs. No.9 Netzhoppers SolWo Königspark KW
Best-of-three playoff quarterfinals bracket:
No.1 VfB Friedrichshafen vs. (winners No.8 Volleyball Bisons Bühl vs. No.9 Netzhoppers SolWo Königspark KW)
No.2 Berlin Recycling Volleys vs. (winners No.7 SVG Lüneburg vs. No.10 TV Rottenburg)
No.3 United Volleys Rhein-Main vs. No.6 TSV Herrsching
No.4 SWD powervolleys Düren vs. No.5 Hypo Tirol AlpenVolleys Haching
To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our DEU National Championship 2017/2018 / Male / Seniors page.