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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pala--La Liga Kutxabank--Week 6

La Liga Kutxabank competition began on October 29, 2016 at Bizkaia Fronton, Bilbo (Bilbao) (1)(2). This tournament includes the entire InnPala roster, divided into 5 teams which will participate in a double round robin League competition, followed by a semi-final between the 2nd and 3rd place teams. The winner will face the League winner in a final on January 7th, 2017. Most of the matches will be at Bizkaia. There will also be matches at Sopela and Gallarta. For more on the tournament see the tournament page at InnPala.

Week 1--October 29, 2016

Week 2--November 5, 2016

Week 3--November 12, 2016

Week 4--November 19, 2016

Week 5--November 25-26, 2016

Week 6 (Source for match and individual joko scores: InnPala and Diario Vasco Cartelera articles.)

December 2-3, 2016

December 2:

Zubiri-Brefel defeated Landeta-Imanol, 3-0 (10-8, 10-4, 10-8).

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez defeated Fusto-Gordon 3-1 (10-4, 10-6  7-10, 10-6)

League Table:

Key: Team, Match record, Joko (set) record, League points

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez...5-0....(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1).....15
Zubiri-Brefel..............3-2....(2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0).....13
Necol-Ibargari:............2-2....(3-1, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2)............10
Fusto-Gordon..............2-3....(1-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-0, 1-3)......8
Landeta-Imanol...........0-5....(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 0-3, 0-3)......4

December 3:

Landeta-Imanol defeated Necol-Ibargari 3-1 (10-7, 10-9, 6-10, 10-6)

Fusto-Gordon defeated Zubiri-Brefel 3-0 (10-7, 10-9 ,10-9)

League Table:

Key: Team, Match record, Joko (set) record, League points

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez.. 5-0....(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1)..........15
Zubiri-Brefel..............3-3....(2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 0-3)...13
Necol-Ibargari:...........2-3....(3-1, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2, 1-3)...........11
Fusto-Gordon.............3-3....(1-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-0, 1-3, 3-0)....11
Landeta-Imanol..........1-5....(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 0-3, 0-3, 3-1)......7 

Note: N-I are listed above F-G because that is how they are listed at InnPala. Match records are meaningless in the actual tournament scoring mechanics. Jokos (sets) only are counted. Since N-I have the same number of points in fewer matches, they are ahead even though their match record is worse. This, of course, will sort itself out when all teams have played the same number of matches.

The biggest surprise package of the tournament was delivered on December 3. Landeta-Imanol scored a huge upset over Necol-Ibargari for their first win of the tournament. Fusto-Gordon's upset of Zubiri-Brefel was perhaps not as surprising, but the way they did it, in shutout fashion, was. And what a match that must have been, only 5 points separating the two teams after 3 jokos. At the end of this session the last semi-final spot was wide open (compared to how it looked just one day before). Even L-I have an outside chance if they can sweep their last two matches and have other matches fall their way. Unfortunately, one of L-I's matches will be against the leaders of the competition and L-I cannot really afford to lose one joko the rest of the way. Z-B, N-I, and F-G all have solid semi-final chances. And with some help, first place and an automatic trip to the finals is within their reach. There are a lot of "long shots" going into the end of the league phase. And the events of December 3 made most of them possible.

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Table of wins and losses for the 2016-2017 season.

Key: Player, Position (d=delantero (front court), z=zaguero (back court)) match wins-losses, joko (set) wins-losses, winning-losing streak, championships won. Matches that are single partidos will be noted. Table will be according to match winning percentage. 1st tie breaker will be number of wins. 2nd tie breaker will be joko win-loss differential.

December 3, 2016

Gaubeka(d)..5-0....15-8...+5*
Zubiri(d).....4-3....16-10..-1*
Fusto(d).......3-3....11-11..+1
Necol(d).......2-4....11-15..-1
Landeta(d)....1-5.....7-16..+1

Ibai-Perez(z).5-0....15-8...+5*
Ibargari(z).....3-3....14-12..-1
Brefel(z).......3-3....13-10..-1
Gordon(z).....3-4....11-14..+1
Imanol(z).......1-5....7-16...+1*

*Does not include the result of Nov.25, 2016 independent match Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez v Zubiri-Imanol. The result is unknown at this time. I will add it when I find it.

Includes Nov. 19, 2016 independent match: Zubiri-Ibargari defeated Necol-Gordon 3-0 (10-8, 10-3, 10-9) at Bizkaia.

For cumulative accounting of this player table see the InnPala Player win-loss table under the Pala page on the right side of the blog.