17. 02. 2020

POL M: Fans in Bełchatów waited 2 weeks for this - Skra win PlusLiga classic vs. ZAKSA

Source: plusliga.pl; Photo: plusliga.pl

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PGE Skra Bełchatów prevailed in the Polish Men’s Volleyball Championship classic against titleholders Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, valid for Round 19 of the 2019/20 regular season.

 

The PlusLiga classic in Bełchatów attracted nearly 3,000 spectators at the Hala Energia with tickets being sold out two weeks ago! The match had everything the fans expected - spectacular actions, twists and turns, and ultimately five sets that came after Skra’s lead of 2-0. These two sides met 52 times in PlusLiga prior to today’s encounter.

The Bełchatów team won 29 times and ZAKSA 23 times. Skra couldn’t count on a starting outside hitter Artur Szalpuk. On the other hand, ZAKSA finally had Piotr Łukasik and Łukasz Kaczmarek at the disposal. With 19 points (88.2% attack, 15/17), Jakub Kochanowski led six players of Skra with double digits in scoring. Karol Kłos made 5 kill blocks. Aleksander Śliwka put down 24 points for the losing side.

The result of the classic didn’t cause a reshuffle in the standings. Because of a surprising defeat yesterday, VERVA Warszawa ORLEN Paliwa didn’t manage to further isolate at the top, ZAKSA are second, Skra are third. However, due to a shocking loss of the fourth-placed Jastrzębski Węgiel against Aluron Virtu CMC Zawiercie (3-2), the gap between the top three teams and the rest of the league has increased.

2019/20 PlusLiga regular season – Round 19 (today’s results)

 

Standings

 

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