The reigning champions Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Koźle, better known in world of volleyball as ZAKSA, turned the 1st leg of the all-Polish semi-final of the 2022 CEV Volleyball Champions League against Jastrzębski Węgiel into a one-way street.
In the first semifinal of the day, they gave no chance to the home team in what was one of the historic days for Polish volleyball because, for the second time in history, the 2 teams from this country face each other at this stage of the competition.
ZAKSA got on the court today for the first time in the eliminatory stages of this season’s Champions League after being awarded the wins in the quarter-finals against Dinamo Moscow.
At first, the match was played point by point but in the middle of the first set titleholders managed to take a five-point lead (8-13). With few time-outs by Jastrzebski’s coach Andrea Gardini, the team still couldn’t break the rivals.
Aleksander Śliwka and Kamil Semeniuk led the winners with 14 points each.
The rematch will take place on Thursday, April 7, in Kędzierzyn-Koźle. The Jastrzębski players must win 3-0 or 3-1 to push the match to the Golden Set.
As for ZAKSA, to qualify for the finals and avoid the Golden Set, they need to take 2 sets.
🏐| CEV Champions League Volley 2022 | Semifinals, 1st leg
| Wednesday, March 30 2022
• Jastrzębski Węgiel – Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Koźle 0-3 (20:25, 14:25, 19:25)
• Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia – Trentino Itas 2-3 (23:25, 25:19, 23:25, 30:28, 12:15)
🏐| Second Leg – Thursday, April 7 2022
• 20.00 Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Koźle – Jastrzębski Węgiel
• 20.30 Trentino Itas – Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia