Slovenian runners-up Calcit Kamnik improved their win-loss record in the main round of MEVZA League to a 5-2 score, defeating Croatians of Mladost Zagreb in four sets (25:19, 25:19, 17:25, 25:21) on Saturday evening. Milosz Hebda and Guilherme Pereira were the top scorers for the winning team with 14 points each while Ivan Raic top scored with 22 points on the other side.
Calcit Volley head coach Marko Brumen: “I am very satisfied with the way we played. We did really well today. I hope, we are able to keep that level of performance and will qualify for the Final Four tournament in March”.
Radovan Malevic, Mladost’s head coach: “Congratulations to Calcit Volley, they played well, on the other hand, we never got into the game. I will have to talk to my players about their weak performance they showed today!”
Last season’s silver-medallists SK Zadruga AICH/DOB from Austria won the battle against Slovenians OK Maribor, celebrating a really hard-fought 3-2 (24:26, 25:23, 25:17, 23:25, 15:8) victory at their home court. As a result, head coach Matjaz Hafner’s team drew level with fourth-placed Mladost Ribola Kastela from Croatia: both teams have a 3-3 win-loss record with nine points each in the standings. Ivan Kolev was the top scorer for AICH/DOB with 23 points, while Rok Mozic scored 20 on the other side.
Martin Micheu, AICH/DOB sports director: “It was a high class game. I did not expect such a performance after the poor performance my players showed in the national league encounter against VBC TLC Weiz . As a result, we stay in the race for the Final Four tickets. Unfortunately, Max Landfahrer suffered an injury. I fear, that he will be sidelined for longer!”
Mladost Ribola Kastela from Croatia left no chance to Belarus’ Mladost Brcko on Saturday night: the competition newcomers suffered a 0-3 (22:25, 22:25, 19:25) home defeat, which keeps them at the bottom of the table. For Brcko, Nemanja Bozic scored 18 points, while Kastela’s top scorer Ivan Matokovic ended the match with 14 points.
The reigning champions ACH Volley Ljubljana extended their winning streak did not disappoint their supporters at the Hala Tivoli, taking a straight-set (25:18, 25:17, 26:24) home victory over austrians of Union Raiffeisen Waldviertel yesterday evening. ACH Volley’s Petar Dirlic was the player of the match after delivering an impressive performance, finishing the game with a total of 25 points while Arthur Darmois scored 11 points on the other side.
As a result, the team from Ljubljana improved their win-loss record to 6-2 claiming the top spot of the standings with 18 points followed by Slovenians of Calcit Volley Kamnik. Next Saturday the national rivals will play in Kamnik the battle for supremacy in the main round.
ACH Volley head coach Matija Plesko: “We got well into the game, showed a proper performance and claimed another win over Waldviertel, which is a very solid team. They already proved their quality with a stunning victory against Calcit Volley three weeks ago. Hopefully we can improve our game further, because the challenges lying ahead will not be easy!”
Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL will be hosting this season’s Final Four tournaments, scheduled on March 4 and 5!
HAOK Mladost ZAGREB (CRO) – Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) 1-3 (19:25, 19:25, 25:17, 21:25)
OK Mladost BRCKO (BIH) – OK Mladost Ribola KASTELA (CRO) 0-3 (22:25, 22:25, 19:25)
SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) – OK MARIBOR (SLO) 3-2 (24:26, 25:23, 25:17, 23:25, 15:8) —PHOTOGALLERY—
ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) – Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL 3-0 (25:18, 25:17, 26:24)–PHOTOGALLERY—
Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) – ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO)
OK MARIBOR (SLO) – HAOK Mladost ZAGREB (CRO)
ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) 18
Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) 16
HAOK Mladost ZAGREB (CRO) 10
OK Mladost Ribola KASTELA (CRO) 9
SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) 9
OK MARIBOR (SLO) 6
Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT) 6
OK Mladost BRCKO (BIH) 4