Olympiacos Fall at Final Hurdle
CEV CHALLENGE CUP - FINALS (LEG 2)
|Olympiakos Piraeus||1 - 3||Ravenna|
|(26 - 28)
(25 - 23)
(20 - 25)
(18 - 25)
Unlike the women’s team, Olympiacos’ men’s volleyball team could not complete the comeback today as they fell 1-3 to Bunge Ravenna in the CEV Challenge Cup final.
A large crowd packed the Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF) to see their beloved team have the chance to win their third European trophy in men’s volleyball. Among them were Olympiacos FC president Evangelos Marinakis, new manager Pedro Martins, as well as members Olympiacos’ men’s basketball team.
The first set was as closely contested as possible, with both teams neck and neck throughout the set. Olympiacos would hold a set point, but the hosts were unable to convert. The Italians would eventually take the set 26-28 and find themselves one set away from the title.
Olympiacos did well to respond in the second set, racing out to a 17-12 lead. The Italians would come back though, taking a slim 21-23 lead. However, four consecutive points from Olympiacos would see them take the set 25-23 and keep their hopes alive.
The Greeks carried this momentum into the third set, where they went up 15-10 and seemed to be on their way to winning that set as well. Things quickly changed though, as the Italians would win 15 of the last 20 points to take the set 20-25 and clinch the title. Although Ravenna’s victory over two legs was certain, the match would continue with the Italians also claiming the fourth set, by a score of 18-25.
Despite the loss, Olympiacos can hold their heads high. After the women were victorious earlier today, one year after losing in the final, the men can take inspiration from them and hope to go one step further in next year’s competition.