In an amazing game valid for the Round 3 of 2021/22 Polish Plusliga, Projekt Warszawa downed defending champions Jastrzębski Węgiel in a comeback (from 0-1 and 9:14, and then from 1-2).
The clash of the two medalists of the last season promised absolutely a good match, and it turned out to be much more than that.
In 159 minutes of play in the Polish capital, the bronze medalists Warszawa inflicted the first defeat in the season to titleholders Jastrzębski after a thrilling tie-break. The two coaches, italians experts Anastasi and Gardini, relied a lot on the challenge system in the last two sets which caused a lot of confusion on the court. After all, the video check saved Warszawa from losing the match on the first match ball of their rivals in the tie-break.
Jastrzębski had one more, while the rivals took advantage of their third match ball in the fifth set. The fourth set was also highly intense, with Warszawa converting only their seventh set ball.
Bartosz Kwolek top-scored the winning side with 22 points, while Andrzej Wrona set up six blocks including the one on Jastrzębski’s most efficient player, the Frenchman Stéphen Boyer, author of 26 points (59% in attack 44% efficiency), in the last point of the tie-break.
For the winners, decidive the entry of Trinidad in ace of Blankenau on 5:9 of second set: eventually, Spanish setter was also named MVP of the match.
| PlusLiga 2021/22 | Results & Program Round 3
| October 15, 2021
• Projekt Warszawa – Jastrzębski Węgiel 3-2 (20:25, 25:21, 19:25, 32:30, 22:20)
Top Scorers: Kwolek 22, Petkovic 18, Wrona 14, Grobelny 14, Nowakowski 8; Boyer 26, Fornal 17, Clevenot 15, Gladyr 15, Wisniewski 8.
MVP: Trinidad de Haro.
| October 16
• Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle – LUK Lublin 3-0 (25:22, 25:13, 25:19)
• PGE Skra Belchatow – Stal Nysa 3-2 (25:17, 19:25, 25:23, 21:25, 20:18)
• Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie – GKS Katowice 3-1 (21:25, 25:20, 25:19, 25:21)
| October 17
• Asseco Resovia Rzeszow – Cerrad Enea Czarni Radom
• Trefl Gdansk – Cuprum Lubin
• Slepsk Malow Suwalki – Indykpol AZS Olsztyn
| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
Projekt Warszawa 8
Jastrzebski Wegi 7
Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle 6
Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie 6
GKS Katowice 5
PGE Skra Belchatow 5
Slepsk Malow Suwalki 3
Asseco Resovia Rzeszow 3
Trefl Gdansk 1
Indykpol AZS Olsztyn 1
Cuprum Lubin 0
LUK Lublin 0
Stal Nysa 0
Cerrad Enea Czarni Radom 0