In the Mevza League main round, OK MERKUR Maribor celebrated a 3-1 (19:25, 25:20, 25:20, 25:21) away win on the field of SK Zadruga AICH/DOB on Saturday night.
Therefore, Slovenia’s reigning national champions drew level with table leaders ACH Volley Ljubljana, both now on 24 points, while the hosts remain in third place in the current standing.
AICH/DOB’s sports director Martin Micheu stood in for head coach Zvonko Nicolic, who was unable to attend for personal reasons.
“I could not count on a full roster, so I am not dissatisfied with the performance. My players tried their best and gave Maribor a good fight over four sets,” he explained.
Maribor’s Ahmed Abulubaba Ikhbayri was the player of the match after an impressive performance made of 25 points, while Konrad Formela was the most prolific player on the home side with 15 points.
In the second match last evening, OK Calcit Kamnik claimed a 3-0 (25:20, 31:29, 25:19) home victory over competition rookies TJ Spartak Myjava. As a result, the hosts moved up to fourth place in the current standing with seven points.
Kamnik’s captain Mitja Gasparini played for the first time this season from the beginning.
“There were quite a few small victories tonight, one of them that Gasparini (19 points) was able to play the whole match. Tommi Siirilä is becoming more and more involved in the team, so I am glad that his contribution to the victory today was big,” KAMNIK’s head coach Matija Plesko said.
🏐| MEVZA LEAGUE 2021/22 – Main Round
| November 15, 2021
• TJ Spartak MYJAVA (SVK) – OK MERKUR MARIBOR (SLO) 1-3 (17:25, 25:22, 22:25, 20:25)
| November 17
• ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) – SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) 3-0 (25:19, 25:21, 25:22)
| November 19
• UVC Holding GRAZ (AUT) – ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) 0-3 (20:25, 17:25, 21:25)
| November 20
• SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) – OK MERKUR MARIBOR (SLO) 1-3 (25:19, 20:25, 20:25, 21:25)
• OK Calcit KAMNIK (SLO) – TJ Spartak MYJAVA (SVK) 3-0 (25:20, 31:29, 25:19)
| November 21
• HAOK Mladost ZAGREB (CRO) – VKP BRATISLAVA (SVK)
🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) 24
OK MERKUR MARIBOR (SLO) 24
SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) 12
Calcit KAMNIK (SLO) 7
Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT) 5
UVC Holding GRAZ (AUT) 4
TJ Spartak MYJAVA (SVK) 3
VKP BRATISLAVA (SVK) 3
HAOK Mladost Zagreb (CRO) 2