ACH Volley LJUBLJANA of Slovenia clinched their chance to move up to the top spot of the men’s MEVZA League table. The defending champions secured their fourth away win in a row, beating competition rookies Mladost BRCKO (BIH) 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20) on Saturday evening. Jovan Delic put 22 points to his name, while Petar Dirlic contributed 19 points for the winning team. ACH Volley top the current ranking on twelve points with a 4-1 win-loss record, followed by Mladost Zagreb (CRO) and Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO).
Calcit Volley suffered a surprising 0-3 (23-25, 26-28, 17-25) home defeat against Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT). Austria’s national league runners-up celebrated their first win in this season’s competition after accepting three disappointing losses. WALDVIERTEL’s Lukasz Szarek was the outstanding player after recording 23 points with an attack efficiency of 86 percent. Guilherme Pereira top scored for Calcit Volley with 13 points.
“Congratulations to our opponents! They showed a very good performance and deserved the win today. Obviously it was not our night, but if we had won the second set, the match could have gone in another direction. On the other hand, the Austrians played great and their opposite Szarek was unstoppable. We failed to push them away from the net, their setter played perfectly and our block did not work either”, Calcit Volley head coach Marko Brumen explained.
Already on Friday, rookies OK MARIBOR (SLO) secured their first men’s MEVZA League win ever. Head coach Sebastijan Skorc’s squad needed five sets to overcome Mladost Ribola KASTELA (CRO) 26-24, 23-25, 28-26, 21-25, 15-11 and to pick up their first points for the standing. OK MARIBOR’s Rok Mozic was the player of the match after delivering an impressive performance that saw him finishing on a total of 25 points. Ivan Matokovic hammered 22 points for the Croatian side.
“There are no weak opponents in this competition, what Mladost Ribola proved today. Congratulations to my team, but we have already to focus on the coming challenges”, OK MARIBOR head coach Skorc reported.
Men’s MEVZA League
01.11.: OK MARIBOR (SLO) vs. OK Mladost Ribola KASTELA (CRO) 3-2 (26-24, 23-25, 28-26, 21-25, 15-11)
02.11.: OK Mladost BRCKO (BIH) vs. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) 1-3 (18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25)
02.11.: Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) vs. Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT) 0-3 (23-25, 26-28, 17-25)
09.11., 19:00: Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT) vs. OK MARIBOR (SLO)
09.11., 19:00: OK Mladost BRCKO (BIH) vs. Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO)
09.11., 19:00: SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) vs. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO)