Men’s Volleyball Challenge Cup: “Golden” qualification of Panathinaikos to the semi-finals


The greens had won 3-1 in the Netherlands, but today they appeared without… nerve and pace (just 2 aces in the first three sets and… zero blocks in the first two) with the Dutch taking advantage.

But in the tiebreak the PAO he “woke up” had 5 blocks (allowing him to take a 10-4 lead) and although he made the easy difficult again (the Dutch came close to 14-12) he took the set and the qualification and tomorrow (Thursday 26/1) he will find out if he will face Olympiakos or Steaua in the semi-finals (the red and whites have won 3-1 in Athens).

The match

In the first set, PAO from the beginning chased the Dutch who consistently had a difference of 1-2 points, and when they equalized (16-16) they almost immediately found themselves at -3 (17-20) to lose the set.

In the second with the services of Hernandez, PAO escaped 12-8 and reached 14-10 which became 15-16 to reach 23-23. There the lost serve of Kovar and the bad reception of Frankos brought the 23-25 ​​and 0-2.

With the psychology at the height, the Dutch escaped early on the score in the 3rd set which they won with 20-25. But in the “golden set” PAO started impressively and with consecutive blocks turned 3-2 into 6-2 to reach 10-4. The Dutch came within three points (13-10) and at 14-12 (Rangel error), but McCluskey’s missed serve ended the thriller.

Fluctuation:
1st set: 6-8, 14-16, 18-21, 22-25
2nd set: 8-6, 15-16, 20-21, 23-25
3rd set: 5-8, 10-16, 15-21, 20-25
Golden set: 5-2, 10-4, 12-6, 15-12

*Panathinaikos’ points came from 3 aces, 49 attacks, 8 blocks and 20 opponent errors and Orion’s points came from 7 aces, 56 attacks, 6 blocks and 18 opponent errors.

The sets: 0-3 (22-25, 23-25, 20-25), Golden set: 15-12 in 89′

PANATHINAIKOS A.O. (Dimitris Andreopoulos):
Kovar 15 (13/18 ref., 2 blocks, 65% ref. – 35% excellent), Sander 6 (6/9 ref., 40% ref. – 0% excellent), Petraeus 3 (2/5 ref., 1 block), Jacobsen 3 (3/6 ref.), Rangel 9 (6/8 ref., 3 blocks), Hernandez 15 (12/21 ref., 2 aces, 1 block) / Zisis (l, 68% ref .- 14% excellent), Bassis 2 (1/1 ref., 1 ace), Frank 7 (6/9 ref., 1 block, 54% sub. – 8% excellent).

ORION (Johanna Van Hindum):
Van Der Ham 6 (4/6 fr., 2 blocks), Vortelboer 10 (6/10 fr., 1 ace, 3 blocks), McCluskey 2 (2 aces), Kaislasalo 17 (16/29 fr., 1 ace ), Voikstra 19 (17/24 ff., 2 aces, 31% sub. – 19% excellent), Felicisimo 13 (11/15 ff., 1 ace, 1 block, 47% sub. – 25% excellent) / Blicker (l, 42% sub. – 5% excellent), Held, Zudgest 2 (2/2 ff.).

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