BEKESCSABA – Two undefeated teams clash in the next round of the MEVZA Cup as Hungarian Békéscsabai RSE hosts Croatian powerhouse Mladost Zagreb.
The visitors top the standings after winning their first two matches 3-1 against Nova Branik and Linz, then defeating Kastela 3-0 on the road. Bekescsaba played only two games, both 3-0 wins on the home court versus Prometey and Kastela, respectively.
This isn’t going to be the two team’s first meeting as they have a rich history in this league. BRSE has the advantage, as the Hungarian club came out victorious in the last 5 matches. However, the most recent one dates back to early 2019, when Békéscsaba won in five sets. Previously they faced each other in the semifinals in Hungary, when BRSE hosted the Final Four and eventually defended its title in 2018.
This year, halfway through the regular season, Bekescsaba is second in the Hungarian Extraliga behind defending champion Vasas, trailing by only one point. The team made it to the semifinals of the domestic cup last week and si looking to start the CEV Cup next week against Bosnia-based Brcko in the Round of 32.
Mladost has been dominating the Croatian championship once again is on its way to defending its title as they have won nine games in nine rounds. This extends an amazing streak as they went undefeated last season.
However, Mladost experienced some disappointment by losing in the Champions League qualifying round with a golden set versus Calcit Kamnik. They are looking to bounce back in the CEV Cup against LP Kangasala from Finland, but first, a tough game against Bekescsaba is ahead of them.