A rematch of last season's women's Baltic Volleyball League final saw TalTech/Tradehouse take a 3:0 (25:16, 25:18, 25:19) over Riga Volleyball School/Latvian University to give the Estonian team their first ever Baltic League trophy.
TalTech took a 11:8 lead in the first set after consecutive spike points from Silvia Pertens, followed by an ace from Nette Peit to give TalTech a 12:8 lead. After a time-out from the Latvian team, TalTech capitalized on their opportunities to open a seven-point lead, which they extended to nine before Riga took another time-out. A strong finish from TalTech and Kadi Kullerkann closed the first set at 25:16.
In the second set, Maria Säästla put TalTech up 9:6, but the Latvian squad was able to equalize the set at 12:12. A three-point run forced the Latvian team to burn a time-out. After the time-out, TalTech opened another eight-point lead at 22:14, but the team took a time-out after a three-point swing had Riga back at 22:17. TalTech was still able to clinch the second set however behind winning points from Peit and Kullerkann.
The club from Tallinn continued to dictate the match in the deciding third set, taking a 13:9 lead, which they then extended to 19:14 and eventually a 25:19 set and match victory.
Kadi Kullerkann brought the most points for TalTech with 16, supplemented by 12 from Nette Peit, 11 from Eliise Hollas and ten from Silvia Pertens. TalTech/Tradehouse scored on 37 spikes and 12 blocks, dominating their opponent at the net.
TalTech head coach Marko Mett felt glad about finally getting the shiniest medal. "I had the most emotion at 18:23 in the third game, when I looked behind and saw Mari Loorman already in tears. I teared up myself," the head coach said, pointing to the team captain who was forced to miss the match due to a back injury.
"I got a bronze my first season, silver last year and now I got the gold. Perhaps I got rid of my loser reputation as well," Mett added.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste