ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle successfully defended their Polish men’s PlusLiga title.
Sunday night, Zaksa came back from a set down to beat PGE Skra Belchatow 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-18) in the second leg of the home-and-away finals series, at home before a sellout crowd of almost 3,500.
The title gives them an automatic ticket as hosts to the 2017 FIVB Club World Championship next December in Poland.
Having won the first leg on the road in straight sets, ZAKSA actually clinched the title on Sunday after going 2-1 up against Belchatow in a thrilling third set - after which both coaches brought on their reserves.
Setter Benjamin Toniutti of France masterminded ZAKSA’s play and earned the MVP award, with Dawid Konarski and Mateusz Bienek each scoring 12 points, plus another 11 from Belgium’s Sam Deroo. Mariusz Wlazly with 16 points for Belchatow was top scorer of the game, but that was small consolation for the losers.