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06/05/2013 14:00
Atom Trefl SOPOT retains its title in Poland's national league
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Warsaw, Poland, May 6, 2013. Atom Trefl SOPOT eventually retained its title in Poland women’s national league bouncing back from two defeats in the Championship series with Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA and winning the last fixture with the score of 3:2 (18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-17, and 15-12).
The local heroines of Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA were leading 2:0 in sets and were up 16:12 and 20:17 in set 3 but then everything turned upside down. Atom Trefl SOPOT was able to take control of the game well marshalled by their setter and team captain Izabela Belcik who in the end was voted MVP of the match. After winning a close third set, SOPOT literally dominated the scene in the fourth (25-17). The tie-break started pretty well for Tauron MKS as they blocked twice Australian spiker Rachel Rourke moving up 4:2. However, SOPOT was quick in finding their way back into the game and went up 8:6 as teams changed sides of the court. The players around head coach Adam Grabowski – who had replaced Jerzy Matlak halfway through the season – did not lose composure and went all the way through the final 15-12 and 3:2 win.
Though their roster had almost completely changed since last year, the club from Sopot could retain their title in the national league. “They always fight until the end and this was the case in the third, fourth as well as in the fifth match of the series where they were trailing 0:2 in sets” former Olympic and world champion Tomasz Wojtowicz says.
Tauron MKS had started the Championship series by winning the first couple of rounds but had then lost round 3 and 4 by dissipating their lead (14:11 and 8:3) in the tie-break. “They were really close to their first gold medal in history and they are certainly upset” Wojtowicz adds.
The Championship series was a revenge from this year’s final of the national cup where Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA had had the upper hand. That was also the first time that Tauron MKS had made the final of the national league but in the last match of the series they were side-lined by the absence of one of their team’s leaders, Elzbieta Skowronska.
“We started the tie-break pretty good and were very concentrated. However, we ran out of fuel and could not hold on until the end. We did not have the opportunity to make changes in our team to get some rest before the deciding final rush” Tauron MKS team captain Magdalena Sliwa says. “We are sad because we really wanted to win gold. Of course silver still remains a huge success for our club after we won the national cup this year. We would like to repeat the same performance in the next seasons as well” head coach Waldemar Kawka concludes. 

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