The vice-champions and the third-placed team from the last season have scored victories at the start of a new season in Polish Plusliga.
The start of the season shows us that we are going to watch an interesting races for the championship trophy: Projekt Warszawa, also known as Onico Warszawa from the last season, have defeated Bedzin on home court in four sets, 3-1.
Kevin Tillie was the top-scorer for the winners with 15 points, while Bartosz Kwolek and Jan Krol also contributed with 13 points each. Michal Superlak with 21 points and Dawid Dryja with 18 points were the best scorers of the game in Bedzin.
Jastrzebski Wegiel, as the third placed team from the previous season, have opened their campaign with a 3-0 victory over BKS Visla Bydgoszcz. Tomasz Fornal was the top scorer on the winning side with 12, while Julien Lyneel and Dawid Konarski added 11 points each.
Recall that the reigning champions, Zaksa, will play the game of the first round in November.
One of the most-titled Polish teams Asseco Resovia Rzeszów is struggling already from the start of the 2019/20 PlusLiga’s regular season. Bitter memories of Asseco Resovia Rzeszów’s fans about the last season in which their team failed to qualify for the playoffs and in addition seven-time champions already faced a setback in the opening round. Despite making numerous changes in the roster, Resovia lost to the home side of GKS Katowice at tie break (20:25, 25:21, 21:25, 25:22, 15:10). Resovia head coach Gruszka was unable to set a trap on the club whom he left in the offseason. Rafał Szymura was the top scorer for Katowice with 18 points and was named MVP of the match, while Canadian Nicholas Hoag was the top scorer on the other side with 20 points.
In the duel between the two teams with many trophies won in the recent history that disappointed their fiery supporters last season, PGE Skra Bełchatów (eliminated in the play-off quarter-finals) downed hosts Trefl Gdańsk (did not qualify for the playoffs) in four sets. The match at wonderful Ergo Arena was held in front of the well-packed stands: 5,500 spectators. Gdansk was led by Skra’s legend Michał Winiarski who made his debut as the head coach. The match began with a moment of silence for late Miguel Ángel Falasca, who played in Skra for four seasons, from 2008 to 2012. In addition, the hosts prepared a special jersey with the number 10, which will be retired in the Bełchatów team this season in his honor. Serbian Dušan Petković top-scored for Belchatow with 20 points while Bartosz Filipiak scored 22 for Gdansk.
2019/20 PlusLiga regular season – Round 1
Indykpol AZS Olsztyn – Cerrad Enea Czarni Radom 3-2 (22:25, 25:17, 25:15, 15:25, 15:13)
Cuprum Lubin – Aluron Virtu CMC Zawiercie 2-3 (25:21, 23:25, 20:25, 25:23, 13:15)
Projekt Warszawa – MKS Będzin 3-1 (25:20, 18:25, 25:22, 25:22)
BKS Visła Bydgoszcz – Jastrzębski Węgiel 0-3 (22:25, 17:25, 20:25)
GKS Katowice – Asseco Resovia Rzeszów 3-2 (20:25, 25:21, 21:25, 25:22, 15:10)
Trefl Gdańsk – PGE Skra Bełchatów 1-3 (19:25, 25:22, 24:26, 17:25)
Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle – MKS Ślepsk Malow Suwałki
Source: plusliga.pl, photos: Jastrzębski Węgiel and Skra Belchatow on Facebook