17 April 2021

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Poland: Jastrzębski Węgiel in Final again after 11 years, PGE Skra Bełchatów tie series against ZAKSA

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Jastrzębski Węgiel close the series of the 2020/21 Polish PlusLiga playoff semifinals against VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa.
The 6th-seed Warszawa was the most pleasant surprise in the playoffs, but their journey ended here, in the semifinals. Regular season vice-champions Jastrzębski Węgiel were the ones to do that, beating the club from the country’s capital in four thrilling sets (27:29, 29:27, 25:20, 26:24) in Game 2 of the series (2-0) and advancing to their first championship face-off in 11 years.
Jakub Bucki, named MVP of the match, highlighted the winners with 21 points, while Frenchman Yacine Louati made 74% reception (19 digs, 58% perfect).

The 4th-seed PGE Skra Bełchatów played on all or nothing in Game 2 against titleholders, top-seed and CEV Champions League finalists Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle and it paid them off, as the 9-time champions prevailed in 4 sets to tie the series at 1-1! Serbian Dušan Petković, also named MVP of the match, top-scored the winners with 22 points, 50% in attack and 4 aces.

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| 2020/21 Polish PlusLiga playoff semifinals – Game 1:
| April 3, 2021
Grupa Azoty ZAKSA KQdzierzyn-Kozle (1) – PGE Skra Belchatow (4) 3-0 (25:23, 25:17, 25:20)
Jastrzebski Wegiel (2) – VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa (6) 3-2 (25:20, 23:25, 25:23, 22:25, 15:12)

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| Program Game 2
| April 7
• PGE Skra Belchatow (4) – Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle (1) 3-1 (31:29, 17:25, 27:25, 25:20) Serie: 1-1
MVP: Petkovic.

• VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa (6) – Jastrzebski Wegiel (2) 1-3 (29:27, 27:29, 20:25, 24:26) Serie: 0-2
MVP: Bucki.

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| Game 3 – April 11
Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle (1) – PGE Skra Belchatow (4) 3-0 (25:23, 25:19, 25:21)

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