Union Raiffeisen Waldviertel presented in the “Best of seven” final series and took the first small step towards the first Austrian men’s volleyball championship title. The Lower Austrians defeated SK Zadruga Aich/Dob on Wednesday in Zwettl in a high-class game 3:1 (28.23,-16.23) and won the first away game on Sunday (8.25 p.m., live on ORF Sport +) in Top up Bleiburg.
In the third attempt, the Waldviertler could not only crown a successful season with their first championship title, but also with the double after winning the ÖVV Cup. “When we started years ago, we were laughed at. But now you can see that we have built something great for the Waldviertel,” said club manager Werner Hahn before the start of the final series.
In terms of club success, Aich/Dob are favorites, but sports director Martin Micheu didn’t want to take on this role. “They beat us three times this year, won the AVL basic round and the ÖVV Cup and were also the first to go into the play-off: So they’re the favourites,” said Micheu.
The Carinthians, who were dethroned by UVC Graz last season, are completing their eleventh series of finals in a row. They have been champions three times so far. For Union Waldviertel, who clearly defeated defending champion Graz 3-0 in the semi-finals, this is their third chance at the first title after 2018 and 2019. The new champion will be known by May 4th at the latest.