Leganes, Spain, February 20, 2017. In front of more than 4,000 spectators packing the Pabellon Europa sports hall in Leganes, Figaro Peluqueros HARIS shocked top favourites Naturhouse Ciudad de LOGROÑO to claim the 2017 edition of the Spanish women’s national cup. The team from the Canary Islands won their first Spanish Cup title at the end of a roller-coaster match 3-2 (25-20, 25-18, 16-25, 15-25, 15-13).
The top two dominating forces of the current season in Spain’s Superliga Iberdrola dazzled in an unprecedented title-deciding clash. Figaro Peluqueros HARIS caught a promising start to impose their dominance in the first two sets. Patricia Suarez led the squad from Tenerife as Naturhouse Ciudad de LOGROÑO had problems to keep their rivals’ pace. Cristina Sanz’s effective direction was all that Figaro Peluqueros HARIS needed to take the first two sets 25-20 and 25-18.
At this stage, Naturhouse Ciudad de LOGROÑO produced a remarkable comeback. Head coach Andre Collin changed his line-up, and gave veteran setter Yoraxi Melean the leadership of the squad. His decision worked perfectly for the six-time Cup finalists as the Venezuelan-born setter revolutionised the game. Melean’s inspiration and the attacks finished by Daniella Da Silva made it possible for the defending Spanish league and Cup champions to level the match (25-16 and 25-15).
The final was solved in the tiebreaker, in a battle of nerves that had Figaro Peluqueros HARIS as the eventual big winners. The team coached by David Martin soon took control of the deciding set through Jessica Wagner’s actions. The middle blocker, who received the MVP Iberdrola award, produced an outstanding performance in attack and blocking, so to pave the way for her team’s victory. The final 15-13 in the fifth set sealed the first title for Figaro Peluqueros HARIS in only their second season in the highest division of the Spanish national league.
“I am super happy. I do not believe it yet. We have worked very hard for this moment. David (Martin) told us before the game that we had to be strong, focused and confident in our work. We knew that the tiebreak was a make or break situation. Our fans supported us greatly and now we can enjoy this victory,” said MVP Jessica Wagner, while head coach David Martin pointed out: "The key has been to be prepared, to fight every day and to work hard to improve. We started very well but we needed a tiebreak that we had prepared thoroughly for during the week.”