With the matches tied at 1-1 after Maccabi TEL AVIV’s victory just days before, the Ne’eman sports hall was decked in the team’s colors and packed with some 2,000 cheering fans who witnessed an exciting finish. Mate Asher took the first set by 25-17 but Maccabi TEL AVIV came back in the second – 26-24 to tie the sets at 1:1. Mate Asher sailed through the third to take it by 25-14, but it was the fourth set that was to be the decider. It was only after 4 match points that Mate Asher was able to clinch victory by 28:26.
Noam Katz, who coached Mate Asher AKKO to victory, spoke emotionally after the match: “It is a wonderful feeling – I have yet to realize it is over. This was a difficult campaign and all praise is due to Maccabi TEL AVIV for the series. It was difficult for us to come back after losing the second match last Wednesday, but we succeeded thanks to the fans, the management and to this wonderful and holy Ne’eman sports hall.”
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