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09/10/2019 16:00
MEVZA League women’s teams ready for season opener
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Vienna, Austria, October 9, 2019. With the MEVZA League men’s season opening weekend just a few days ago, the women’s edition will kick off with three fixtures this coming Saturday. Croatia’s participants Mladost ZAGREB and newcomers OK KAŠTELA (pictured) will face each other in Zagreb. Another two debutants in this year’s competition, ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRČKO and Banjaluka Volley BANJA LUKA are going to contest the first Bosnian MEVZA League derby in history, while Slovenia’s national champions Nova KBM Branik MARIBOR and Calcit Volley KAMNIK are gearing up for a national clash as well.

“Our main goal is to win all national titles, as we did in the previous seasons. We are competing in the MEVZA League for the first time, but we aim to be at the top of the table. In the CEV Champions League, we see a chance to move on into the group stage,” ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRČKO head coach Smail Pezerovic describes the ambitions of Bosnia’s national champions.

Banjaluka Volley did not participate in either the MEVZA League or European Cups so far.  “That’s why it is pretty difficult to start in these competitions with too high expectations. However, we have worked hard during the past two months and are getting where we want to be. We have brought in a new receiving line, so it takes some time for the players to find the right chemistry,” Banjaluka Volley head coach Radmila Markovic explains. She believes her team will be a tough nut to crack for all MEVZA League teams, especially on home ground. “In away games, we want to gain experience, which is absolutely essential for such a young team. In the CEV Cup, we will try our best and wait patiently for our chances. Regarding the national championship, ZOK Bimal-Jedinstvo BRČKO are still the favourites, but we will try to get as close as possible.”

Calcit Volley is contesting the domestic competitions, MEVZA League and CEV Challenge Cup as well. Compared to the previous season, the team roster changed only slightly. “We just replaced the setter and added a new receiver, so we are already in a better starting situation than in 2018 and expect to get into the best possible shape earlier this season. Therefore, we set the highest goals. We certainly want to take a further step in the national competitions and MEVZA League as well. Even in the Challenge Cup we aim to get as high as possible. Everything is focused on achieving those goals and I believe we can succeed,” Calcit Volley head coach Gregor Rozman confidently says.

GEN-I Volley NOVA GORICA is entering the main round next week. Last season’s runners-up from the Slovenian national league will make their MEVZA League debut at Kamnik on October 19.

Both the women’s and men’s teams initially compete in a double round robin format. After completion of the main rounds, the MEVZA League will be reaching its climax with the Final Four tournaments in February and March (hosts will be announced in late October).

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