The home team did not send its top players on the court but a very young team composed of players of the U17 and U19 teams who usually are active in the Lower Austrian League.
The only experienced player in the starting 6 was middle blocker and Austrian team player Philip Ichovski.
The MEL will now continue with the play-offs where the pre-qualified teams of Hypo Tirol and Ach Volley Laibach will join the competition.
So far now dates have been set for the quarter finals.
“We will wait for the European Cup encounter vs. Minsk then we will fix the schedule. The plan is to start with the play-off matches end of January“, explains Aich/Dob manager Martin Micheu.
Linz-Steg defeats Vukovar
In the women’s competition two encounters were scheduled this weekend. On Saturday ASKÖ Linz-Steg defeated Vukovar at 3:2 (25:16, 23:25, 19:25, 26:24, 15:8).
The girls of the home team had to play without Brittney Brimmage from the US but were able to keep the upper hand in just under 2 hours thus climbing to position eight in the ranking.
“In the beginning we caught the Croatians on the wrong foot. We also played strongly in the second set but were not able to score the big points. When it seemed that the match would slip from our hands my team showed its mental strength and fought back. The decisive fifth set was relatively clear affair”, said Linz-Steg manager Walter Hartl after the encounter.
Slavia EU BRATISLAVA (SVK) – Calcit KAMNIK (SLO) 3:0 (25:19, 25:13, 25:18)
Duration: 70 minutes
Best scorers Bratislava: KOSOVA 15, SALANCIOVA 11, GOLITKOVA 10;
Best scorers Kamnik: HADZIc 7, HANDANOVIC 5, TURNSEK 5
ASKÖ LINZ Steg (AUT) – ZOK VUKOVAR (CRO) 3:2 (25:16, 23:25, 19:25, 26:24, 15:8)
Duration: 117 minutes
Best scorers Linz Steg: MEYERS 33, NIKOLOVA 18, CHUKWUMA 10, TEUFL 10;
Best scorers Vokovar: STARCEVIC 16, STIPANOVIC 13, DZAMARIJA 11
MEL Men (last encounter qualification round)
Chemes HUMENNÉ (SVK) – Hypo NÖ AMSTETTEN (AUT) 3:0 (25:13, 25:22, 25:11)
Duration: 71 minutes
Best scorers Humenne: DEKKER 14, HUDAK 13, JAKOBOV 13;
Best scorers Amstetten: ICHOVSKI 7, KATTNER 5
MEL Quarter Finals (Best-of-3)
ACH Volley LJUBLJANA (SLO) – hotVolleys VIENNA (AUT)
Hypo NÖ AMSTETTEN (AUT) – Mladost Marina KASTELA (CRO)
Chemes HUMENNÉ (SVK) – Posojilnica AICH/DOB (AUT)
Hypo Tirol INNSBRUCK (AUT) – Mladost ZAGREB (CRO)
Schedule MEL Women
21.01., 16:00: VK Doprastav BRATISLAVA (SVK) – SVS Post SCHWECHAT (AUT)
21.01., 18:00: Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR (SLO) – Vasas Óbuda BUDAPEST (HUN)
21.01., 20:00: Calcit KAMNIK (SLO) – ASKÖ LINZ Steg (AUT) – MEL