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Our coach Andrej Hribernik received an offer to attend a volleyball tournament on the 6th and 7th September in Italy. The whole nation was hosting tournaments to promote the upcoming Women’s World Championship. The tournament was attended by ŽOK Braslovče’s 3rd league team led by Andrej Hribernik.
We started our weekend trip quite early, at 5.30 am. I think it’s normal, that there isn’t any teem spirit or enthusiasm at 6 am. I know that everybody needed a little more sleep. After two short hours of travelling, everybody was wide-awake and more or less ready for our first of three matches.
We were a bit late so we had to hurry. In just a few minutes everybody was dressed, warmed up and ready to play. Our first match was against the Croatian team OK Grobničan.
The first set was fantastic andeverybody was full of energy and enthusiasm. We played the game as we know it and by far won the first set. Weunderestimated our opponents in the 2nd set and that was a huge mistake. The opponents took advantage of our lack of focus and got a huge lead only with good serves. Their advantage was faithful. When we finally got the pointwe gained back our momentum. From the score of 7:14 we rised up to 18:17. We won that set with a lot of effort and teamwork. There was a misunderstanding between the judges and we played 2 sets instead of 3.
Our team was very satisfied with the outcome. After the match we went to lunch
at the Križman restaurant. The food was scrumptious. After lunch we went for a short walk around the town and then to our hotel, where our rooms were already waiting for us. We left our luggage in our rooms and went back to the gym for 2nd match. Before the match we were all tired and not focused on the game. We played with the home team of Trieste. Our game wasn’t successful even though we gave it our best shot and lost with the score of 2:1 in sets. Some other teams were also tired and the quality of matches wasn’t as good as in the morning. After the match we went to dinner and then to the hotel for a well-deserved rest. We knew that the game scheduled for the next day will be our hardest one yet so we went to bed early.
The next morning was totally different. The team was well-rested and full of energy. After breakfast we packed our thing and went to the gym. We came in time and started warming up. The match can be captured in three words: difficult, equal and a bit unfair. Our opponent was a representative team of Venetia. The judges were on their side. We gave it our best, but sadly it wasn’t good enough. We lost with the score of 2:1 in sets. After the matchthere was an official ceremony where the president of FIPAV Giorgio Tireland the president of ZSŠDI Ivan Peterlin announced the results of the tournament. The tournament was organized by FIPAV and sponsored by FIVB for the promotion of the Woman’s Volleyball World Championship in Italy. We came in 3rd, got a few practical awards and got a free pass to the world championship games in Trieste. After the ceremony we hit the road ant decided to visit the Mira Mare castle where we took a lot of team photos.
This wasn’t just any tournament at the beginning of the season but it was a great experience that brought the team closer than ever. We will always remember this tournament.
To smo mi v 2014/15 " ŽOK Braslovče"