16. 09. 2020

CRO: Double Cup triumph for Mladost Zagreb

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On 12th of September, the final matches of the Snježana Ušić Cup for women and Croatian Cup for men were played in Zadar’s Krešimir Ćosić hall, ending with double triumph for Mladost Zagreb, who defended last year’s cup titles. Due to the strong epidemiological measures, no spectators were allowed on the stands.

 

Mladost’s women team cruised to victory against Kaštela 3:0 (25:17, 25:21, 25:13), while the men’s team celebrated cup glory after five dramatic sets against Mursa-Osijek 3:2 (23:25, 25:19, 19:25, 25:22, 15:12)

I must congratulate our girls who played phenomenally, both in the semi-finals and the finals. Praise goes also to the club officials, who made it possible for us to train in these tough conditions. I can only hope that situation with coronavirus will improve soon and that we will play even better in the domestic league.” - said Mladost’s head coach, Leo Barić, while Katarina Pavičić, MVP of the Snježana Ušić Cup, pointed out: The match was under our control all the time, as the result of our hard training in these last two months. Despite the empty stands, the atmosphere was great. We are happy with this win, and cannot wait for the new challenges both in Europe and the domestic league.”

Zoran Grgantov, head coach of Kaštela, was humble after the defeat: “First, I would like to congratulate the Mladost team, who deservedly won. We tried to win some easy points with an aggressive style and slowing their game, but we failed. On the other hand, they have a little taller, stronger and more explosive team, so we failed to block them. Our service, block and defense were of insufficient quality to match Mladost at this level.”

I think we deserved to win, but I must congratulate Osijeks team on excellent resistance. We expected tough battle, they gathered a respectable team, brought back a lot of their key players - so I can say, expectedly difficult match. We are still getting to know each other, but we managed to end the game in our favor with some muscles and experience”.” - said the Mladost’s player and MVP of the Croatian Cup, Ivan Zeljković.

 

“It was an intense match, at critical moments where we needed to turn the match around and win, we made some mistakes. In the end, they deservedly claimed the fifth set. I think we have a chance to compete equally in the domestic league and cup, we will work hard and continue to fight for every point.” - concluded the Osijek’s star player, Ivan Matoković.

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