In the 2020-2021 edition of the MEVZA League, SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) celebrated an impressive and rather surprising 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22) home victory over reigning champions ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) on Friday evening. The ‘Orange Dragons’ had not dropped a single point in the four matches they had contested before.?
AICH/DOB, on the other hand, had to cope with some setbacks in the past weeks. Therefore, they went into the game as clear underdogs and it is even more surprising that Matjaz Hafner’s team was able to come back from one set down to secure their second win this season. As a result, AICH/DOB moved up to fourth place in the current standing on six points, while the Champions League participants missed their chance to recapture the top spot in the table. Thus, their compatriots OK Merkur MARIBOR are still one point ahead of ACH Volley.
“We worked hard in the past days on mental strength. Our player’s body language was much better today than in the previous games – especially in the second, third and fourth set. I am very satisfied with the performance we delivered against this European top team and I think that this feeling of success could be a turning point for us in a difficult season. I really hope so, because a lot of challenging games lie ahead of us in December”, AICH/DOB sports director Martin Micheu sounded clearly relieved.
Konrad Formela top scored for the hosts with 18 points, while Bozidar Vucicevic hammered 23 for the away side. Match stats: spikes 51 vs 47, aces 6 vs 2, blocks 9 vs 8 and opponent errors 26 vs 27.
The MEVZA League main round is going to continue on Wednesday, when the current competition leaders OK Merkur MARIBOR will be facing bottom of the table UVC Holding Graz.
MEVZA League main round
27.11.: SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT) vs. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22)
02.12., 19:00: OK MERKUR MARIBOR (SLO) vs. UVC Holding GRAZ (AUT)
05.12., 19:00: OK Calcit KAMNIK (SLO) vs. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO)
05.12., 19:00: Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL (AUT) vs. SK Zadruga AICH/DOB (AUT)