After winning Game 3 of the Mestaruusliiga 2018/2019 playoff finals against Hämeenlinna by a 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 21-25), Viesti retained the Finnish championship after a year as they lost it in the 2017/18 exactly to their rivals in this season’s title matchup. Viesti won two previous games in the series by a 3-2. The Estonian opposite hitter Kertu Laak dominated in Game 3 and in the final series as well. She scored 26 points, including six aces and five kill blocks (out of the team’s 17). French Maëva Orlé top-scored for Hämeenlinna with 21 points.
This is the ninth championship title for the team from Salo and 16th league medal overall. They played the finals for the 11th straight time and faced Hämeenlinna for the title for the 10th time (6-4 for Hämeenlinna).
Working as a coach in Viesti, Tomi Lemminkäinen was involved in winning all nine Finnish championships of which he won five as a head coach, a role that he performs at the moment. Also, there are some players in the club who took part in claiming nearly all of these nine titles such as libero and also a captain Hillaelina Hämäläinen who won seven.
Mestaruusliiga 2018/2019 overall league leaders:
Best scorer – Adeja Lambert (USA, Pölkky Kuusamo) 227 points
Best server – Jonna Wasserfaller (SWE, Pölkky Kuusamo) 37 aces
Best blocker – Anna Czakan (LP Viesti) 34 kill blocks
Best receiver – Tiiamari Sievänen (LP Kangasala) 58% positive reception
Best attacker – Anna Czakan (LP Viesti) 52% excellent attack
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