On Sunday night, Calcit Volley KAMNIK secured their third women’s MEVZA League title after they had already claimed the middle european crown back in 2014 and 2016 as well. The underdogs came back from two sets down to edge their compatriots and CEV Champions League participants Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR in a thrilling gold medal match at the Final Four tournament in Nova Gorica 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-9).
The confident main round winners, on the other hand, missed the chance to secure their fifth MEVZA league title after those previously taken in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Calcit Volley’s Olivera Brulec Kostic topped the charts on 24 points. Maja Kosenina hammered 19 for Nova KBM Branik.
After losing against Calcit Volley in the semis, ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRCKO claimed the bronze medal match, defeating hosts GEN-I Volley NOVA GORICA 3-1 (25-13, 21-15, 25-14, 27-25) earlier in the evening.
Andjelka Radiskovic was the player of the match after delivering an impressive performance that saw her finishing on a total of 27 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national champions were participating in the MEVZA League for the first time this season. Therefore, it is all the more impressive that they could even secure their first medal as rookies.
Best Players Final Four Tournament
- MVP: Olja Brulec Kostic
- Best blocker: Lucille Charuk
- Best receiver: Anita Sobocan
- Best setter: Nina Stojiljkovic
- Best libero: Leja Janezic
Results Women’s MEVZA League, Final Four
Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) vs. ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRCKO (BIH) 3-0 (25-17, 25-10, 25-13)
top scorers: Olivera BRULEC KOSTIC 12, Nina KOTNIK 11, Lucille CHARUK 11; Andjelka RADISKOVIC 13, Alexandra VAJDOVA 5, Ivana RADOVIC 5
match analysis: spikes 22-20, aces 7-3, blocks 9-2, opponent errors 37-15
08.02.: Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR (SLO) vs. GEN-I Volley NOVA GORICA (SLO) 3:1 (25:21, 25:19, 23:25, 25:23)
top scorers: Tessa GRUBBS 19, Maja KOSENINA 14, Brina BRACKO 11; Mirta VELIKONJA GRBAC 14, Sara KOVAC 12, Selena LEBAN 9
match analysis: spikes 42-42, aces 14-6, blocks 12-7, opponent errors 30-33
bronze medal match
09.02.: ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRCKO (BIH) vs. GEN-I Volley NOVA GORICA (SLO) 3-1 (25-13, 21-15, 25-14, 27-25)
top scorers: Andjelka RADISKOVIC 27, Ivana RADOVIC 14, Elena BABIC 14; Sara KOVAC 12, Pia BLAZIC 10, Mirta VELIKONJA GRBAC 10
match analysis: spikes 53-39, aces 12-12, blocks 13-4, opponent errors 20-22
gold medal match
09.02.: Calcit Volley KAMNIK (SLO) vs. Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR (SLO) 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-9)
top scorers: Olivera BRULEC KOSTIC 24, Eva ZATKOVIC 20, Lucille CHARUK 17; Maja KOSENINA 19, Tessa GRUBBS 17, Anita SOBOCAN 12
match analysis: spikes 64-57, aces 8-12, blocks 19-7, opponent errors 18-20