KAMNIK – In an impressive display of volleyball prowess, Calcit Volley triumphed over Amstetten in their first MEVZA League match of the season, delivering a comprehensive 3-0 victory (20, 17, 22). The team looks ahead to Wednesday’s match where Amstetten will take on Croatian team Ribola Kastela at 20:00 in the Kamnik sports hall, setting the stage for Calcit Volley’s showdown with Kastela on Thursday at 19:00.
Without ACH Volley in the fray this season, Calcit Volley has set its sights on ascending to the top of the MEVZA League. This ambition was underscored by their recent domination in the domestic league, where they recorded a swift victory over Krka on Saturday, notching their tenth consecutive win without dropping a set.
The opening set saw Amstetten momentarily take the lead at 2:1, managing to draw level by the seventh point. However, Calcit Volley quickly turned the tide, bolstered by Crtomir Bosnjak‘s powerful serves, to build a substantial five-point lead (14:9). Despite a spirited effort from Amstetten to narrow the gap, Kamnik maintained their lead, ultimately capitalizing on the Austrian team’s tenth unforced error to clinch the set.
In the second set, Calcit Volley’s early surge, led by Tomislav Mitrasinovic‘s serving, established a commanding 8:3 lead, which Dino Vinkovic further extended with an ace. Amstetten momentarily closed in (14:16), but Calcit Volley reasserted their dominance, with Jurij Oman‘s ace setting up eight set points, and sealing the set following another error from Amstetten.
The third set witnessed Calcit Volley establishing an 11:7 lead, thanks to Lazaro Brunet‘s contributions. Despite Amstetten’s persistent efforts, Kamnik held a consistent three-point lead, ultimately securing their first victory in the Central European League, spearheaded by Brunet’s impressive performance.
Calcit Volley’s coach, Mladen Kasic, reflected on the match: “Today’s energy levels weren’t as high as in some previous matches, which is understandable given the frequency of games. We experimented with several team rotations since everyone has been training hard and deserves a chance. While not everything went perfectly, with fewer blocks than usual and a higher number of unforced errors, we managed to secure the win without major difficulties. Looking ahead, we have another game on Thursday, and significant changes are needed as we have a busy schedule, including a match in Kranj on Saturday and Project Warsaw visiting Kamnik the following Saturday.”