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GRE M: Olympiacos Dominates Panathinaikos in PlayOff Finals – Game 1

by WoV

Olympiacos took a commanding lead in the Volley League championship race by decisively beating Panathinaikos 3-0 in the first final match of the series. The match showcased Olympiacos’ strong offensive play, effectively dealing with Panathinaikos’ forceful serving.

Olympiacos – Photo: CEV

Toncek Stern, aopposite of Olympiacos, was nearly flawless, leading his team with 20 points, including 15 attacks and four aces. His performance was critical in securing a significant advantage for his team. The match sets the stage for Olympiacos to possibly clinch their 33rd championship in the upcoming second final scheduled for April 15.

Despite having two set points in the second set at 24-22, Panathinaikos failed to capitalize and made a total of 24 errors compared to 19 by their opponents, which significantly contributed to their loss. The sets were intensely competitive, especially the second set, which was a nail-biter ending in 32-30 in favor of Olympiacos.

Panathinaikos’ top scorer was Fernando Hernandez with 22 points, but it was not enough to overcome Olympiacos. The match statistics highlighted Olympiacos’ edge with a 56% attack efficiency, outperforming Panathinaikos’ 49%.

The win was particularly memorable for Olympiacos, being one of the most comprehensive victories against Panathinaikos away from home since a similar 3-0 match in January 2018. As the teams prepare for the next encounter, Olympiacos holds not just a lead in the series but also a psychological advantage, having dampened the spirits of their arch-rivals.

  • Panathinaikos vs. Olympiacos 0-3 (23-25, 30-32, 17-25)
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