This is definitely not how the Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle volleyball players imagined the return match in the Champions League group against Ziraat Bank Ankara. The Turkish team defeated the defending champions in three sets, and after the match, Bartosz Bednorz, the host of the Polish runner-up, could only throw up his hands.
After losing away after a tie-break, it seemed that Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle would want to take a revenge against the rival from Turkey. Despite personnel problems, the Polish runners-up had, at least theoretically, several important players available. There were, among others, Łukasz Kaczmarek, Marcin Janusz and Bartosz Bednorz. The team captain, Aleksander Śliwka, was absent from the pitch.
Bartosz Bednorz opens up about ZAKSA’s defeat in the Champions League
The Kędzierzyn team lost on Tuesday evening against Ziraat Bank Ankara 0:3, and Matthew Anderson was chosen MVP of the match. The American was the best scorer on the visiting side, scoring 15 points. Bednorz, the author of 12 points, deserves special mention among the hosts. However, this is certainly poor consolation, considering the final result and a significant defeat in the context of the rest of the competition.
– I think we just played much worse. The opponent was better in today’s match. I don’t even want to talk about the problems anymore, I’ll just ignore it and acknowledge the superiority of my rival today. First of all, the fight is for our health, and then for what will happen on the pitch – Bednorz analyzed after the match.
What is the recipient counting on in the coming year 2024?
– I believe it will bring us a little more luck because we have had enough bad luck this season. I would wish this for myself and the entire team, said “Benji”.
The next Polish matches in the Champions League
ZAKSA rather lost its chance to advance to the knockout phase of the competition from first place. The team from Kędzierzyn will have to fight hard for the number two position and then take a longer route to the decisive part of the fight to defend the trophy from last year.
On Wednesday, Jastrzębski Węgiel’s volleyball players will play their fourth match in the current Champions League campaign. From 6:00 p.m. the Polish champions will face the weakest team in the group, Jihostroj from České Budějovice. Asseco Resovia Rzeszów is scheduled for Thursday. The bronze medalist of PlusLiga will play at home (6 p.m.) against ACH Volley Ljubljana.