We're heading southeast of Poland, where round 14 sees Resovia Rzeszów in action. Guest team is LUK Lublin, who are racing towards the playoffs again, hoping for a better position than their 10th place last season.
Resovia Rzeszów will have to face a team from Lublin again, but this time the opponent is much more challenging than Kuprum, whom the volleyball players of Giampaolo Medei prevailed against (3:1). Worth noting, this match wasn't a cakewalk for the team from southeastern Poland.
The motivating factor for Resovia Rzeszów is the Champions League, where victories against Tour and preferably Trentino are crucial, notably, both remaining group matches are away. There are no issues in the championship, but diligent work is obligatory, or they might let themselves be surpassed by Zawerce, followed by Gdańsk along with the current opponent LUK Lublin.
Resovia Rzeszów will be playing against two of the three closest competitors, followed by an away trip to France. It's been contemplated that the team managed by Giampaolo Medei is well-equipped, which is essential when operating in dual directions. Key players include Jakub Kohanovski and Steven Boyer who carries out significant work on his attacking position being frequently recognised as the MVP of Poland's championship matches.
There's a possibility that Medei's team will play pragmatically once more, surrendering a set and slowing down the pace, but a win over LUK Lublin is mandatory amid the competition with Zawerce, and the need to close in on the Plus League leader.
After three fabulous victories in a row, LUK Lublin failed to beat Norvid Częstochowa on their home turf, even though almost everyone believed they'd win.
Arguably, the brightest victory last month was when the players of Massimo Botta held their own against the silver medallist of Plus League season 2022/2023, Kędzierzyn-Koźle. LUk Lublin fought back phenomenally, winning the 5th set (21:19) - a brilliant impulse for future victories.
This recent loss to Norvid Częstochowa certainly seems out of place; perhaps it served as a wake-up call for a too successful LUK Lublin, reminding them that not everything is splendid all the time.
The team managed by Massimo Botta is rather strong, with defensive stalwart Marcin Comenda and attacker Mateusz Malinowski leading the charge, although he wasn't at his best during the last two games. Alexander Ferreira is bouncing back in form.
Whilst Resovia Rzeszów is inherently strong, defeating them is always a challenge. Nevertheless, LUK Lublin is in superb shape, while their opponents are caught in a dilemma, deciding on the most urgent tasks to focus on.
The equilibrium of Resovia Rzeszów rests on how Giampaolo Medei will utilise his team. LUK Lublin holds many advantages in terms of readiness for this championship match, hence a positive handicap on sets for the guests can be picked, who are capable of showcasing admirable volleyball at the sports and entertainment centre "Podpromie".