Waiting for Playoffs 6 Zaksa claims Poland's national cup after 11 years
News from the National Federations
Czestochowa, Poland, January 28, 2013. Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE – i.e. Poland’s lone representative still in contention for making it to the final four of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League – claimed this past weekend the national cup for the first time in eleven years by edging Asseco Resovia RZESZOW with the score of 3:1 (19-25, 25-18, 25-21, and 25-23) in the final match.
Actually Asseco Resovia – that was recently ousted by Lube Banca Marche MACERATA in the Playoffs 12 of the CEV Volleyball Champions League – caught a very good start by setting the pace of the game all the way through in the opening set (2:0, 9:6 and 16:11) up to the final 25-19.
After missing the opening set, Zaksa opposite Antonin Rouzier joined the game in the second and his side quickly found the right tempo taking more risks from the serving line and finalizing most of their counter-attacks. Zaksa never looked back and ultimately could draw the count in sets (25-18).
Asseco Resovia stormed back in the early phases of the third set showing great blocks and going up 8:3 at the first technical time-out. However, Zaksa fought their way back and flipped the charts around after the second mandatory stop to claim that section with the score of 25-21.
The fourth – and eventually last – set turned into a real rollercoaster, with Zaksa and Resovia that fought bravely for every single rally; by the time the score stood at 22 all, Piotr Nowakowski and Grzegorz Kosok made a couple of mistakes that somehow closed the door for a possible tie-break and Zaksa could celebrate a well-deserved 3:1 win.
“We are very happy with this win and with the only exception being the first set we played a good match” says Zaksa team captain and setter Pawel Zagumny. “Even though Antonin Rouzier has been struggling with an injury, we were able to bring it home as we wanted. I do hope his injury is not too serious and also that this trophy will provide us with the right boost for the remainder of the season”.
“I do regret this defeat but Zaksa played better than we did and deserved the Cup” adds Resovia leader Aleh Akhrem. “As from now on we’ll concentrate exclusively on the national league”.
“My congratulations to our opponents as they played a great match and deserved the trophy” says Resovia mentor Andrzej Kowal. “I have to thank my players for the fighting spirit and determination they showed in this game. They have given everything they had and we have showed that even in difficult situations we can fight our way back and keep on fighting up to the end. If we have more time for training and do not suffer any injuries, I think we have good chances to retain our title in the national league”.
MVP: Luis Felipe Fonteles (Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE)
Best Spiker: Luis Felipe Fonteles (Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE)
Best Server: Michal Ruciak (Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE)
Best Blocker: Lukasz Wisniewski (Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE)
Best Setter: Pawel Zagumny (Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE)
Best Receiver: Piotr Gacek (Zaksa KEDZIERZYN-KOZLE)
Best Libero: Krzysztof Ignaczak (Asseco Resovia RZESZOW)