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CRO: Summary of the women’s and men’s Super League – 19th round

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Probably the most interesting match of the 19th round of the Volleyball Super League took place in Pula, where the home team of Veli Vrh defeated Enna Vukovar 3-1 (17-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-22). The favored guests won the first set, but the home team won the next three sets and won a big three points.

Mladost beat Karlovac away with 3-0 (19, 10, 14), in 68 minutes of the game, and after the match Lara Malović, the player from Karlovac said:

Against one of the best teams, the Croatian champions, we played without pressure, and so it is best to see where we are, whether we are doing our best. I think we have offered good resistance, and we are moving forward strongly. “

Matea Smoljan, a volleyball player from Mladost, only added at the end: “Congratulations to my teammates on the victory and the host on a good game.”

Kaštela celebrated with 3- 0 (18, 21, 22) against Dubrovnik, in a match that lasted 73 minutes, and where Nina Strize was again the most efficient player with 20 points. Rijeka CO with the same result 3- 0 (11, 24, 21) won at home team Split Brda. Dinamo celebrated in Osijek 3- 1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-17, 25-18), in a match that lasted 93 minutes.

Emma Šeremet, a volleyball player from Kaštela, scored 13 points against Dubrovnik, and after the match she said:

Congratulations to my team on the victory and to the guests on a good game. We are already looking forward to a new match in the next round against Dinamo, and we hope for new victories.

The new winner of the Croatian Cup, the team of Marina Kaštela had a hard time and with 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 24-26, 25-23) defeated the penultimate team of Split, with  1-17 score and 9 points, in a match that lasted 119 minutes. The fact that all four sets were done with a difference of  2 points speaks about the interestingness of the match. With this victory, Marina Kaštela kept the second position on the table with 51 points and almost 17-1 score.

In men’s volleyball, Sisak defeated Marsonia 3-0 (19, 14, 15), as well as Rijeka Rovinj, with the same result 3- 0 (22, 15, 22). It took 64 minutes for Sisak and 76 minutes for Rijeka to win. Centrometal beat Gorica 3- 1 (25-14, 25-19, 24-26, 25-16) away, in a match that lasted 86 minutes, and in the derby round in 102 minutes Mursa Osijek won 3- 1 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16) and celebrated against Ribola Kaštela away.

Ante Šuker, a volleyball player from Ribola Kaštela, who had 11 points in this match, said:

We lost, I am not satisfied, we hoped for a better outcome. The guests proved to be very good at service, which we did not expect. We had a hard time realizing our attacks, so the game went to their side. We are a little bit disappointed because we looked much better in training than we showed in the game. But, let’s move on, we are preparing for the semifinals, where Mursa Osijek will probably be waiting for us again.

Davor Bogdanović from the winning team of Mursa Osijek, made 13 points in the game, after which he said:

We showed two faces in the game again, there were oscillations in the first set, but in the end, we managed to consolidate, service, defense and block and we managed to win again. We are turning towards derby with Mladost, which we want to fight back for the defeat in the Croatian Cup. We were close, so I hope that by then we will fix some things in our game and win.

Petar Jurić was the most efficient for the home team with 20 points, and at the guests, Ivan Matoković stopped at 26 points. The guests were better in all segments of the game, they made 51 points in attack (Kaštela 43), 9 aces and blocks (Kaštela 7 aces and 8 blocks). Kastela made many more mistakes, as many as 28 unforced errors, according to 18 Osijek.

In the last Sunday’s match of the 19th round of the Volleyball Super League, Split beat Zadar 3-0 (63, 17, 24) in 63 minutes, but another match attracted attention and it was the remaining match of the 14th round between Centrometal and Kitro Varaždin. Varaždin celebrated away in the Aton hall with 3- 1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 25-22) in 124 minutes and are now fourth on the table with 36 points and almost 12-6. Centrometal is fifth with almost 12-7 and 34 points, and still has hopes that they can play in the playoffs. There are three more regular rounds left until the end, plus the remaining matches, which must be completed by the end of the month.

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