4 March 2021

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Poland: ZAKSA win first-ever SuperCup in match that almost didn’t take place…

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Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle started the new season with success as they won the 2019 Polish Volleyball Super Cup.
In the fight for the first trophy in the 2019/20 season, the defending champions Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle defeated vice-champions Projekt Warszawa (formerly known as ONICO Warszawa) in four sets (25:17, 34:32, 19:25, 25:23) in Gliwice and got crowned as Superpuchar Polski winners for 2019. ZAKSA, who were led by former Serbia head coach Nikola Grbić for the first time in the official match, won their premier Super Cup.
The rivals failed to convert several set points in the second set after they recovered from a 5-point deficit (16:21). Still, even their appearance on the court today was a success as they obtained a license to play at the last minute and changed the name into Projekt. The team from Warsaw, who was known by the name ONICO, struggled to save its existence the entire summer!

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Projekt had a misfortune to play ZAKSA without a nominal opposite in the line-up. Belarussian Artur Udrys is injured, while Belgian Bram van den Dries left to play in South Korea at the beginning of this month. Therefore, the middle blocker Jakub Kowalczyk played as designated opposite, while the recent newcomer Jan Król, who is a nominal opposite hitter, was only in the protocol because of the fact that he just came to the team!
Łukasz Kaczmarek was ZAKSA’s top scorer in the match with 20 points including 5 winning blocks and was named MVP of the match, while Belgian Igor Grobelny scored 15 points on the other side.

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Sources: plusliga.pl, sportowefakty.wp.pl
Photos: Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle on Facebook

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