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28/02/2021 23:00
ACH Volley celebrate record 11th triumph in MEVZA League
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Zwettl, Austria, February 28, 2021. ACH Volley LJUBLJANA claimed their 11th MEVZA League crown on Sunday night. The defending champions from Slovenia celebrated a hard-fought 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 29-27, 25-18) win over their national rivals OK Merkur MARIBOR in the gold medal match at the Final Four tournament held at the Zwettl sports hall. The participants in this year’s CEV Champions League pool stage went as the favourites into the highly anticipated clash with the Final Four rookies, but the underdogs were able to pose a real threat to the ‘Orange Dragons’ at least over three sets.

ACH Volley’s Bozidar Vucicevic topped the chart of the best scorers on 19 points ahead of his teammate Matej Kök and MARIBOR’s Rok Mozic, who scored 17 apiece. The match stats: attack 58% vs 46%, aces 7 vs 2, winning blocks 10 vs 9, reception 76% vs 47% and opponent errors 25 vs 31.

After losing against their national rivals OK Merkur MARIBOR in a thrilling semi-final, OK Calcit KAMNIK claimed the bronze medal match, defeating hosts Union Raiffeisen WALDVIERTEL 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19) earlier in the evening. Therefore, Gregor Jeroncic’s squad took their chance to secure their fifth MEVZA League podium. Last season, OK Calcit KAMNIK had suffered a four-set loss at the hands of URW in the bronze medal match.

Calcit KAMNIK’s Mitja Gasparini was the player of the match after delivering an impressive performance that saw him finishing on a total of 23 points, including three winning blocks and two aces, while his teammate Jan Klobucar registered 16. Marek Sulc and Koendert Daan Streutker top scored for the hosts with 18 and 17 points, respectively. The match stats: attack 44% vs 42%, aces 8 vs 3, winning blocks 11 vs 11, reception 54% vs 51% and opponent errors 33 vs 21.

Volleyball fans were able to follow all matches of the Final Four tournament through a six-camera live streaming and commentary available in English as well as in German.

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