ACH Volley Ljubljana secure win in home championship
Na tekmi 19. kroga Sportklub prve odbojkarske lige smo v dvorani Tivoli spremljali obračun domačega ACH Volleyja Ljubljana in Salonita Anhova. Prepričljivo, z rezultatom 3:0 v nizih, so slavili letos še v domačem prvenstvu neporaženi Ljubljančani, ki tako ostajajo na vrhu prvenstvene lestvice.
Ljubljana - športna dvorana Tivoli, gledalcev: 50, sodnika: Miklošič, Perčič (oba Slovenija).
ACH Volley Ljubljana : Salonit Anhovo 3 : 0 (20, 22, 20).
ACH Volley Ljubljana: Pernuš 1, Šket, Rutar 1, Mašulović 7, Todorović 2, Peruničić, Okroglič 6, Kovačič (L), Gjorgiev 16, Pokeršnik 7, Videčnik 7, Kök 5. Trener: Mladen Kašić.
Salonit Anhovo: Boharev 5, Šarić (L), Jereb, Filiputti, Karnel, Jeklin, Lazar 1, Kavčič 2, Maretič 2, Radosavljević 9, Okroglič (L), Kovačič 1, Vrtovec 13, Ristić 6. Trener: Rade Dačović.
The start of the match was evenly matched, with the Ljubljana volleyball team having a small lead (7:5, 8:6). Salonit volleyball players showed a confident and motivated performance from the very beginning. Captain Gjorgiev and blocker Mašulović stood out the most in the opening match, while young Vrtovec was the most determined player, joined by Ristić in the middle of the set with successful attacks. Gjorgiev's successful diagonal shot put the Orange Dragons up by two points, which was followed by a timeout at the request of visiting coach Dačović. At first, the guests tied the score at 17, but Gjorgiev first with a block and then with an effective attack made the lead 19:17. After the second break, the guests from Kanal were not able to catch up, and Gjorgiev, who scored 7 points in the first set, made the end of the set calm, which was finished with an outstanding attack by Pernuš.
The second set was opened with an ace by Kök, who got the chance to replace Šket, but it did not confuse the Salonit players, who tied the score on the fifth point. The volleyball players from the small town near Soča had too many unforced errors in the game, which the Orange Dragons took advantage of and led by three points (9:6). Even after the break, at the request of coach Dačović, the situation on the court did not change much (12:9). In the following minutes, the Salonit volleyball players woke up and offered better resistance. After two errors by Kök in the attack, they went into a two-point lead (14:16), to which the home coach Kašić reacted with a half-minute break, which more than obviously helped the ACH Volley volleyball players. They tied the score on a service by Rutar and with a successful block they led by a point (17:16). Videčnik's solo block and an attack immediately afterwards brought the Dragons to a three-point advantage (20:17) and a calmer continuation before the end of the set. Gjorgiev secured the first end ball with an efficient attack, and Pokeršnik took advantage of the third one with an attack.
Okroglič and Mašulović attacked in the third set to give the Dragons a better start (4:2), but Vrtovec tied the score with an ace. It was an evenly matched sequel, with Salonit taking an 8:6 lead on a block by Boharev, and Mašulović levelling the score on the 11th point with an outstanding block. Immediately afterwards, another block by Mašulović gave the Dragons the lead (12:11) and Salonit Anhovo took a half-minute break. After a mistake by Vrtovec on offence and a three-point lead for the Ljubljanaers, the break was retaken at the request of Dačović, but it did not change the situation on the Tivoli floor. The Dragons were brilliant in the block and completely stopped the Salonit Anhovo team (18:13). Rutar's strong attack decided the match in favour of the Ljubljana team (25:20).
Statement by ACH Volley Ljubljana coach Mladen Kašić: "After the end of the matches on European floor, we had to quickly turn our thoughts to the national championship, to which we are going to devote all our attention in the rest of the season. We have a hellish seven days and four games ahead of us. I'm glad that we jumped the first hurdle today against the unfavourable Salonit relatively easily."