Poland: Warszawa drop one point against Katowice, ZAKSA break resistance of Trefl after intense battle2 min read
VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa truly looks sensational in the 2019/20 Polish Plusliga regular season but they drop one point against underdogs in Round 9.
The team from polish capital, reinforced with Belarussian opposite hitter Artur Udrys (recovered from an injury that kept him sidelined from the start of the season), defeated GKS Katowice in five sets. With the victory, they came in second in the standings (9-1 and 24 points) and, probably, the only reason why they aren’t in the first place is the fact they played two matches less than the current leaders of Jastrzębski Węgiel. Bartosz Kwolek was the top scorer for Warszawa with 21 points. Jakub Jarosz made 25 for Katowice.
The last-placed MKS Będzin recorded their first victory in the competition, for which they needed nine games.
Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle defeated the team that probably showed the best performance compared to the expectations prior to the 2019/20 regular season, Trefl Gdańsk.
ZAKSA recorded a hard-fought victory over the rivals to stay at the top of the standings with a two-point lead in relation to the vice-leaders Jastrzębski Węgiel. The biggest revelation this season who made a five-game winning run prior to the match, Trefl, resisted for three sets. An intense battle was especially seen in the third set that lasted for 41 minutes. However, at the end, the experience of the Polish champions prevailed. Aleksander Śliwka top-scored for ZAKSA with 24 points (79.3% attack, 23/29) while Bartosz Filipiak scored 22 points for Trefl.
PGE Skra Bełchatów, whose every win has been cut with a defeat in the next game, swept Aluron Virtu CMC Zawiercie.
2019/20 PlusLiga regular season – Round 9
Asseco Resovia Rzeszów – Jastrzębski Węgiel 0-3 (12:25, 20:25, 15:25)
Cuprum Lubin – BKS Visła Bydgoszcz 3-0 (25:19, 25:16, 25:20)
GKS Katowice – VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa 2-3 (23:25, 25:21, 28:26, 23:25, 14:16)
Indykpol AZS Olsztyn – MKS Będzin 2-3 (25:23, 22:25, 25:15, 21:25, 13:15)
Trefl Gdańsk – Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle 1-3 (23:25, 25:19, 34:36, 17:25)
PGE Skra Bełchatów – Aluron Virtu CMC Zawiercie 3-0 (25:21, 25:17, 25:20)