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Poland: 10th title for ZAKSA! Jastrzebski destroyed in Game 4

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Despite the heavy absence of middle-blocker Huber (during the National Anthem all ZAKSA’s player wore his jersey No.99), ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle literally trample over Jastrzebski Wegiel on the road in only three sets (23:25, 17:25, 21:25) in 2021/22 Plusliga playoffs final Game 4 to close the series 3-1, celebrating themselves national champions for 10th time in club’s history.
Another bad day for Fornal against ZAKSA (only 3 points, 11% efficiency in attack and replaced in second set), but today struggled a lot also opposites Hadrava (5 points, 38% and only 8% efficiency in attack) and Boyer (5 points too, 50% and 20% efficiency in attack). The sole Szymura, who ended the game with 15 points, 71% and 59% efficiency in attack and 3 aces), started from the bench, wasn’t enough to fight against Semeniuk (MVP of the game with 19 points, 68% and 59% efficiency in attack, 3 blocks and 1 ace), Sliwka (15 points, 67% and 52% efficiency in attack) and the other ZAKSA’s players. Not an excellent day for Kaczmarek, only 2/8 in attack).
Either way, all numbers speak in favor of the winners: 7 vs. 0 winning blocks, 6 aces and 9 errors against 4 aces and 15 errors.

A better start for the hosts in first set, who open with a counterattack by Gladyr, and then the errors of Clevenot (2-3) and
Semeniuk (4-3). With Hadrava’s serve come another counterattack by Gladyr (5-3), and then Jastrzebski take a conspicuous lead with a counterattack by Fornal for the 7-4. ZAKSA shorten with a counterattack by Semeniuk (9-8) and then start to play hard with Smith from the service line: ace that level the score, 10-10, slash by Rejno (10-11) and Kaczmarek’s block on Clevenot (10-12). Then Semeniuk blocks Hadrava for the 11-14, and Sliwka put down the ball of 11-15. Clevenot’s counterattack of 13-15 and an error by Sliwka for the 17-18 reopen the set, but ZAKSA defend an attack from the second line by Fornal and back to +3 with Semeniuk: 18-21. Szymura on the field in serves in place of Wisniewski is worth a free ball closed by Clevenot, 20-21, and an error by Sliwka level the score, 23-23, but Kaczmarek put down the set point of 23-24, and Fornal attacks into the net: 23-25.

Sliwka opens second set with an ace, but
Kaczmarek attacks out the ball of 3-2. Janus’ block on give the lead of ZAKSA, who take advantage with the same Janus from the service line: slash by Sliwka on an error in reception (6-8), counterattacks by
Smith (6-9) and Sliwka (6-10), block by Kaczmarek on Fornal (6-11), replaced by Szymura, and an error by Gladyr (6-12) replaced by Macyra. After having suffered the block of 9-16, also Hadrava ends to the bench in this set to forget for Jastrzebski, who cash also Sliwka’s counterattack for the 10-18. It ends 17-25, with an attack by Semeniuk.

In third set break point ZAKSA with a counterattack by Rejno (0-2). Szymura try a desperate attempt to reopen the game with 2 aces (4-4 and 5-4), and Sliwka misses the ball of 8-6. Semeniuk level the score taking advantage from half point in serving by Smith, and it’s 9-9, while Janusz blocks Szymura: 10-11. Szymura redeems himself with the counterattack of 12-11, but Semeniuk scores the ace on Clevenot that means a new lead: 12-13. Szymura, absolutely the best among the hosts, scores the ace of 14-13, but ZAKSA reply with the defense on Clevenot, a counterattack by Sliwka (14-15) and then with the ace by Kaczmarek (18-20). Szymura’s counterattack is out, 20-22, and Reino make an ace on Popiwczak (20-23), and Hadrava attacks out the ball of 20-24. Set, match and season is close by an error by Gladyr from the service line: 21-25.

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🏐| PLUSLIGA 2021/22 | Playoffs Finals

| Game 1 | May 4, 2022
Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle (1) – Jastrzebski Węgiel (2) 3-0 (25:21, 27:25, 25:23) Serie: 1-0

| Game 2 | May 7, 2022
Jastrzebski Węgiel (2) – Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle (1) 2-3 (25:20, 16:25, 25:22, 12:25, 16:18) Serie: 0-2

Game 3 | May 11, 2022
Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle (1) – Jastrzebski Węgiel (2) 1-3 (24:26, 25:20, 23:25, 22:25) Serie: 2-1

👉🏼 Game 4 | May 14, 2022
• Jastrzebski Węgiel (2) – Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle (1) 0-3 (23:25, 17:25, 21:25) Serie: 1-3
Jastrzebski: Toniutti, Fornal 3, Wisniewski 4, Hadrava 5, Clevenot 10, Gladyr 2, Popiwczak (L); Boyer 5, Szymura 15, Tervaportti 0, Macyra 0. Not entered: Cedzynski, Biniek (L), Szwed. Coach: Giolito.
ZAKSA: Janusz 3, Sliwka 15, Smith 5,
Kaczmarek 5, Semeniuk 19, Rejno 4, Shoji (L); Zalinski. Not entered: Staszewski, Kluth, Kalembka, Kozlowski, Banach (L). Coach: Cretu.
MVP: Semeniuk.

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🏐| Final 3/4 Place

| Game 1 | May 4, 2022
PGE Skra Belchatów (3) – Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (4) 2-3 (23:25, 25:21, 25:19, 23:25, 15:17) Serie: 0-1

| Game 2 | May 7, 2022
Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (4) – PGE Skra Belchatów (3) 2-3 (22:25, 25:16, 23:25, 27:25, 13:15) Serie: 1-1

| Game 3 | May 10, 2022
PGE Skra Belchatów (3) – Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (4) 0-3 (22:25, 23:25, 21:25) Serie: 1-2

| Game 4 | May 13, 2022
Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie (4) – PGE Skra Belchatów (3) 3-2 (25:21, 21:25, 25:16, 20:25, 15:11) Serie: 3-1

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