All results of this first round were quite easy to predict. Nevertheless, AZS Olsztyn scored an unexpected victory beating Jastrzebski Wegiel 3:1.
Season 2013/2014 began with a bipolar match – Polish champion vs. a “newby”. Asseco Resovia hosted BBTS Bielsko-Biala. The game was not very exciting. Rzeszow made a lot of mistakes and Bielsko showed quite a good game, not being an easy opponent. Their best scorer was that day Luis Jose Gonzales with 16 points and 38% of efficiency and on the other side we had Olieg Achrem with 10 points and 50%. Depiste the good show from Bielsko, Resovia didn’t let any set slip away and won quickly 3:0.
Asseco Resovia Rzeszow – BBTS Bielsko Biala 3:0 (26:24, 25:20, 25:23)
MVP: Olieg Achrem
Zaksa Kedzierzyn Kozle had an easier run. With Cerrad Czarni Radom on the other side, Polish vice-champion was able to take complete control over the game. Young team of Robert Prygiel has a lot of work to do and an experience to gain. They gave 24 points by the mistakes they made, when Zaksa returned the favour 17 times. Zaksa was playing without Grzegorz Bociek, who sufferd a small back injury. He was replaced by Dominik Witczak, who earned the MVP by scoring 17 points with 46% of efficiency.
Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle – Cerrad Czarni Radom 3:0 (25:22, 25:16, 25:17)
MVP: Dominik Witczak
In Jastrzebie we saw the first surprise. The bronze medalist lost the game and three points to AZS Olsztyn, the last team of the ranking for the previous season. Despide a good performance of Michal Lasko (23 points) and Michal Kubiak (18 points), Jastrzebie was unable to face AZS strongly and successfully. It was the game of mistakes as well, since Jastrzebski Wegiel made 31 errors and Olsztyn was mistaken 23 times. In Indykpol Grzegorz Szymanski was the shining star, scoring 18 times.
Jastrzebski Wegiel – Indykpol AZS Olsztyn 1:3 (22:25, 25:20, 21:25, 21:25)
MVP: Grzegorz Szymanski
As we said in the PlusLiga predictions, Transfer Bydgoszcz suffered a lot of changes in squad. It definetely has an impact on their game. Last weekend it could be seen during the game with AZS Czestochowa. One of the weakest teams in the last season managed to beat the fourth one (and the last leader of the regular season, before play offs)! Milosz Hebda was a leader in attack and with great help from Michal Bakiewicz and Michal Kaminski he showed the way to the three precious points in this game. In Transfer Bydgoszcz the best scorer was Bartosz Janeczek (18 points, 33% efficiency)
Transfer Bydgoszcz – AZS Czestochowa 1:3 (13:25, 19:25, 26:24, 20:25)
MVP: Michal Bakiewicz
Skra Belchatow, with a lot of changes in squad began this season from the game with Lotos Gdansk. Gdansk won the first part of the game, but it was all they could afford. It was a good game of Wojciech Zalinski who gave his team 20 points. However, he was beaten by young Wojciech Wlodarczyk from Skra, who had a fantastic run with 21 points and 69% of efficiency! With a support from Mariusz Wlazly (16 points) and the others, it could lead Skra to the first victory of this season.
PGE Skra Belchatow – LOTOS Gdansk 3:1 (23:25, 25:15, 25:21, 25:20)
MVP: Pawel Zatorski
Last but not least – AZS Politechnika Warszawska won at home quickly 3:0 over Effector Kielce. Their attack was balanced quite well. Artur Szalpuk scored the biggest amount of points, 15, but also other players were efficient that day. Effector Kielce couldn’t get to the certain level of the game and they lost the chance of earning any points in the first round.
AZS Politechnika Warszawska – Effector Kielce 3:0 (25:22, 27:25, 25:23)
MVP: Artur Szalpuk
2nd round of PlusLiga
1. BBTS Bielsko-Biala – AZS Politechnika Warszawska
2. Effector Kielce – PGE Skra Belchatow
3. LOTOS Trefl Gdansk – Transfer Bydgoszcz
4. AZS Czestochowa – Jastrzebski Wegiel
5. Indykpol AZS Olsztyn – ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle
6. Cerrad Czarni Radom – Asseco Resovia Rzeszow