17 October 2021

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ACH Volley claimed the 11th MEVZA League title. Podium is all Slovenians

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ACH Volley Ljubljana claimed the 11th title in the Volleyball Middle European League.
Slovenia’s powerhouse got crowned MEVZA League champions for the record 11th time. The defending champions prevailed over fellow countrymen OK Merkur Maribor in the final of the 2021 edition, held in the Austrian city of Zwettl in four sets (23:25, 25:18, 29:27, 25:18).
Serbian national team member Božidar Vučićević topped ACH Volley’s scoresheet with 19 points, while Iranian Amir Hossein Toukhteh set up 4 blocks, Jan Pokeršnik had 87% reception (30 digs, 53% excellent), and Matej Kök, named MVP, had 71% attack (15/21). Rok Možič scored 17 points for Maribor.

Matija Plesko, head coach of ACH Volley Ljubljana: “Maribor is always a tough opponent but my team showed great fighting spirit today. They had cool heads and hot hearts, which is the perfect combination.

Matej Kök, MVP ACH Volley Ljubljana: “It was a really good final, featuring the best teams of the season. We kept getting better and better and so we deserved to win. I personally have enjoyed playing here in Zwettl again. I like this venue a lot, even though we have missed the fans!

Sebastijan Skorc, head coach of OK Merkur Maribor: “Congratulations to ACH Volley. We started perfectly, but after Kök came on the court, they got better and better. Despite that, we had our chances, but did not take them. Yesterday’s match was very tough, so we did not have enough energy at the end.”

Rok Mozic, MVP OK Merkur Maribor: “It is nice that we made it to the final. On the other hand, we came here to win the tournament, so we are a little bit sad. We had good options, were in the lead, but in the end, it was not enough. Congratulations to ACH Volley.

After losing against their national rivals OK Merkur Maribor in an amazing semifinal, OK Calcit Kamnik won the bronze medal match, defeating hosts Union Raiffeisen Waldviertel 3-1 (23:25, 25:21, 25:17, 25:19) earlier in the evening. However, the final four hosts were forced to play since second sets without setter, as Bartoš left the field due an ankle injury. Either way, Gregor Jeroncic’s team took their chance to secure their fifth Mevza League podium. Last season, OK Calcit Kamnik had suffered a four-set loss at the hands of URW in the bronze medal match.
Kamnik’s Mitja Gasparini was the top scorer of the match with 23 points, including three winning blocks and two aces, while his teammate Jan Klobucar made 16. Marek Sulc and Koendert Daan Streutker top scored for the hosts with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Koendert Daan Streutker, MVP Union Raiffeisen Waldviertel: “We had a great start and we still played pretty good after the injury of our setter Pavel Bartos in the second set, but it was not enough today.

Gregor Jeroncic, head coach OK Calcit Kamnik: “It was a tough match, because we lost a lot of energy in yesterday’s semi-final. When the setter of URW dropped out due to injury, it became easier for us. Hopefully it is not too bad. It was very important to secure that win. It does not matter how we played.

Jan Klobucar, MVP OK Calcit Kamnik: “We knew, that it would be a tough match after yesterday´s loss and because of the great motivation of the home team as well. They did not give us anything. After the injury of their setter, it was amazing to see how many of them can actually set. I am very happy, that we made the bronze medal.

| MEVZA LEAGUE 2020/21 | FINAL FOUR
| Semifinals | February 27

Calcit KAMNIK (SLO) – OK Merkur MARIBOR (SLO) 2-3 (22:25, 26:28, 25:15, 25:22, 13:15)
📸| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH
ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) – Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT) 3-0 (25:17, 25:16, 25:13)
📸| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH

| February 28
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH |
• Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT) – Calcit KAMNIK (SLO) 1-3 (25:23, 21:25, 17:25, 19:25)
📸| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH
Top Scorers: Sulc 18, Streutker 17, Licek 14; Gasparini 23, Klobucar 16, Hebda 13, Puric 7.

GOLD MEDAL MATCH |
• ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) – OK Merkur MARIBOR (SLO) 3-1 (23:25, 25:18, 29:27, 25:18)
📸| PHOTOGALLERY OF THE MATCH
Ljubljana: Ropret 3, Pokersnik 15, Toukhteh 14, Vucicevic 19, Okroglic 3, Videcnik 6, Dagostino (L); Rutar, Kok 17. Not entered: Toman (L), Pernus, Pavlovic, Bosnjak. Coach: Plesko.
Maribor: Planinsic 2, Sket 8, Cafuta 6, Ikhbayri 11, Mozic 17, Uremovic 5, Kosenina (L); Herman (L), Mulec O, Donik 5, Kisiliuk 3, T. Kovacic 0. Not entered: Detela, Adzovic. Coach: Skorc.

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