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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pala--La Liga Kutxabank--Final and 3rd place match

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

Week 1--October 29, 2016 (Full match videos available)

Week 2--November 5, 2016 (Selected match videos available)

Week 3--November 12, 2016

Week 4--November 19, 2016

Week 5--November 25-26, 2016 (Full match videos available)

Week 6--December 2-3, 2016 

Week 7--December 10, 2016 (Full match videos available)


Week 9--December 23, 2016

Semi-final--December 30, 2016 (Full match video available)

Final

January 7, 2017

Individual Joko (set) score sources for both matches: Diario Vasco Cartelera (January 8, 2017), Mundodeportivo.com via InnPala Twitter feed, Deia match article, InnPala Fronton Facebook page. Diario Vasco had an incorrect joko score for the 3rd joko of the 3rd place match. It was 10-5 Zubiri-Brefel.

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez defeated Necol-Ibargarai 3-0 (10-4, 10-7, 10-9)

Full match video for both the final and 3rd place match (EITB--added February 11, 2017). 

Individual joko linescores (EITB) (winners always listed 1st):

Joko 1: 1-0; 2-0; 3-0; 3-1; 4-1; 4-2; 4-3(50 balls in play); 5-3 ; 6-3; 7-3; 7-4; 8-4; 9-4; 10-4; (1-0)

Joko 2: 0-0 (68 balls in play); 1-0 ; 2-0; 1-1; 2-1; 3-1; 3-2; 4-2; 4-3; 4-4; 5-4; 5-5 6-5; 7-5; 7-6; 8-6; 9-6; 9-7; 10-7 (2-0)

Joko 3: 1-0; 1-1; 2-1; 2-2; 3-2; 3-3; 3-4; 4-4; 4-5; 4-6; 5-6; 6-6; 6-7; 7-7; 7-8; 8-8; 8-9; 9-9; 10-9 (3-0).

Scoring:

Gaubeka +9 -1, Ibai-Perez +3 (all service aces) -7 (including 1 service fault)
Necol +6 -11, Ibargarai +3 -7 (including 1 service fault)

Note that the individual scores do not add up to the total

Balls in play: 604
Time of the match: 56 minutes, 20 seconds

Match preview (Deia)

Match article (mundodeportivo.com)

Match article with match statistics (Deia)

Match article with 22 photos (InnPala Fronton Facebook page)

At the time this was posted, there was no match video available. If and when it becomes available, it will be added.

In the match preview Ibargarai said that his team must attack to win. They did, but G-IP were up to the task of defending, waiting for mistakes, and counter punching. The number of balls in play (604) for a match won in straight jokos (only 50 points out of a possible maximum 95, an average of 12 balls in play per point--compared to the semi-final, in which 73 points and 4 jokos consumed 499 balls in play, an average of 8) indicates that this was a difficult struggle in spite of the final tally.  But in the end, N-I led for only one point in the entire match (4-3 in the third joko, according to the mundodeportivo.com account). Two turning points came early, in the first joko. At 4-2, Gaubeka had to leave for treatment of a shoulder injury. He came back and played magnificently (his error count was amazing). At 5-3 in the same joko there was a monster 49 ball point won by G-I. That completely broke N-I's resistance in that joko and set the tone for the rest of the match. Ibai-Perez was named the best player of the match for his great defense (including more than one "impossible" rebote). N-I were hurt by errors, but it comes with the territory when you play the attacking game they had planned from the beginning. I-P finished the tournament with 7 wins and 2 losses (24-15 jokos). N-I finished 4-6 (20-23).

3rd Place Match

Zubiri-Brefel defeated Fusto-Gordon 3-2 (10-8, 6-10, 10-5, 9-10, 10-9).  :

Individual joko linescores: (winners always listed 1st) (EITB)

Joko 1: 0-1; 1-1; 1-2; 1-3; 1-4; 2-4; 3-4; 3-5; 4-5; 5-5; 6-5; 6-6; 7-6; 8-6; 9-6; 9-7;  9-8; 10-8 (1-0)

Joko 2: 0-1; 1-1; 1-2; 1-3; 2-3; 3-3; 3-4; 3-5; 3-6; 4-6; 4-7; 4-8; 5-8; 5-9; 6-9; 6-10 (1-1)

Joko 3: 1-0; 1-1; 2-1; 3-1; 3-2; 4-2; 5-2; 6-2; 7-2; 8-2; 8-3; 9-3; 9-4; 9-5; 10-5 (2-1)

Joko 4: 0-1; 0-2; 1-2; 2-2; 3-2; 3-3; 3-4; 3-5; 4-5; 5-5; 6-5; 6-6; 7-6; 7-7; 8-7; 9-7; 9-8; 9-9; 9-10 (2-2)

Joko 5: 1-0; 1-1; 1-2; 2-2; 3-2; 4-2; 4-3; 5-3; 6-3; 6-4; 7-4; 7-5; 7-6; 8-6; 8-7; 8-8; 8-9; 9-9; 10-9 (3-2).

Scoring (EITB

Zubiri +7 -8; Fusto +18 -6
Brefel +17 -11; Gordon +5 -15

675 balls in play

Zubiri 165, Brefel 174
Fusto 204, Gordon 132

Time of the match: 1 hour, 17 minutes, 42 seconds.

87 points were scored out of a possible maximum 95. The last two jokos were won comebacks at the very end.

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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. We begin the season with  La Liga Kutxabank, starting October 29, 2016.

January 7, 2017 (end of La Liga)

Gaubeka(d)..7-2.....24-15..+2*....1(La Liga)
Zubiri(d)......6-5.....24-19..+1*
Fusto(d)........5-5.....20-21..-2
Necol(d)........4-7.....20-26..-1
Landeta(d)...3-6.....15-22..+1

Ibai-Perez(z)..7-3....25-18..+1*....1(La Liga)
Brefel(z).........5-4....20-16..+2
Ibargari(z).....5-6....23-23...-1
Gordon(z)......5-6....20-24...-2
Imanol(z).......3-6....15-22..+1*

Includes Dec. 30, 2016 independent match: Landeta-Imanol defeated Zuberi--Ibai-Perez 3-1 (10-8, 7-10, 10-9, 10-7) at Bizkaia.

*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: Zuberi-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.