OK MARIBOR aim for first win in men’s MEVZA League

OK MARIBOR and OK Mladost Ribola KASTELA will lock horns in the men’s MEVZA League this coming Friday evening. The Slovenian side has contested two matches in this competition so far and is still waiting for their first point for the standing. On the other hand, the team from Croatia celebrated a surprising five-set derby win at current MEVZA League leaders Mladost ZAGREB in the season opener. “Mladost Ribola KASTELA is a quality team. We will try our best to deliver a good performance”, OK MARIBOR head coach Sebastijan Skorc explained.

On Saturday, OK Mladost BRCKO welcome defending champions ACH Volley LJUBLJANA and Calcit Volley KAMNIK face bottom of the table Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL. Both Slovenian squads have secured nine points apiece. Calcit Volley have just dropped one set in three matches so far. “From my point of view, KAMNIK is among the major title favourites this season, but I believe that our team possesses the potential to at least challenge such an overpowering opponent”, so Waldviertel Sport Director Werner Hahn.

PHOTO © OK MARIBOR
PHOTO © OK MARIBOR

“We are doing well for now. At the moment, I think that our performance is a result of good work in training and we wish, to continue throughout the season”, Domen Kotnik reported. Calcit Volley’s wing-spiker suffered a lot of back pain last year, but has started the new season completely healthy. “Last year, WALDVIERTEL beat us at home, and because of that we played with ACH Volley in the semi-finals. We will do our best not to disappoint our home crowd and to get to three points with good play. We need to enter every game with 100 percent. We’ve learned that in the past season the hard way!”

Three matches of the women’s MEVZA League are due to take place on Saturday. Competition leaders Calcit Volley KAMNIK host UOK Banjaluka Volley BANJA LUKA from Bosnia and Herzegowina in the fourth round. “So far we do not have any video from the Banja Luka team. I don’t even know exactly, what kind of team is coming to Kamnik, but that’s not the most important thing. It doesn’t matter, who stands on the other side. We have enough to do with ourselves. There are a lot of things that we need to improve if we want to reach the next level”, Gregor Rozman, head coach of Calcit Volley, said.

Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR and GEN-I Volley NOVA GORICA are gearing up for a Slovenian derby, while the national champions of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegowina, Mladost ZAGREB and ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRCKO, face each other.

Men’s MEVZA League

01.11., 17:30: OK MARIBOR (SLO) vs. OK Mladost Ribola KAŠTELA (CRO)
02.11., 19:00: OK Mladost BRCKO (BIH) vs. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO)
02.11., 20:00: Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) vs. Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT)

Women’s MEVZA League

02.11., 17:00: Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) vs. UOK Banjaluka Volley BANJA LUKA (BIH)
02.11., 18:00: Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR (SLO) vs. GEN-I Volley NOVA GORICA (SLO)
02.11., 18:30: HAOK Mladost ZAGREB (CRO) vs. ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRCKO (BIH)

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