24. 04. 2019

GRE M: PAOK advance to finals for 5th straight year, Foinikas reduce Olympiacos’ series lead to 2-1

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P.A.O.K. qualified for the Greek Men’s Volleyball Championship finals for the fifth consecutive year.


Only three days after winning the national Cup, the team coached by Ukrainian Yuri Filippov, the second seed, won Game 3 of the 2018/19 Volley League Pame Stoixima playoff semifinals against No.6 seed A.O.P. Kifisias in straight-sets to close the series with a 3-0: 25-16, 25-17, 25-20. Thus, P.A.O.K. will play for the Greek title for the fifth consecutive season.

Kifisias dropped a 14-9 lead in the second set, allowing rivals to make an 8-0 run which turned to be the crucial moment of the match. The MVP of the national Cup finals, American Garrett Muagututia, top-scored for P.A.O.K. with 13 points (three aces). Canadian Taylor Hunt scored 14 points for the losing side.

The name of the other finalists is still unknown as the fourth seed A.O. Foinikas Syros defeated the top seed Olympiacos S.F.P. by a 3-0 to reduce the opponents’ series lead to 2-1. Both sides were weakened for the match with the absence of starters. The Finnish opposite hitter Samuli Kaislasalo was unable to play for Foinikas, while the outside hitter’s duo Todor Aleksiev - Rafail Koumentakis was sidelined for Olympiacos.

For the first time after the CEV Challenge Cup finals against Consar Ravenna, a year ago, Olympiacos finished one match without serving a single ace. The Dutch Jeroen Rauwerdink scored 14 points for the losing side. Brazilian Evandro Souza led Foinikas to their second straight-set win against Olympiacos in the last 36 mutual encounters with 21 points.

2018/19 Volley League Pame Stoixima playoff semifinals – Game 3:

(6) A.O.P. Kifisias – (2) P.A.O.K. 0-3 (16-25, 17-25, 20-25), series 0-3

(4) A.O. Foinikas – (1) Olympiacos S.F.P. 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-21), series 1-2


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