PAOK & Iraklis advance to Volleyball Cup Final

PAOK & Iraklis advance to Volleyball Cup Final


Date Home Team Score Away Team
21-Apr-18 Olympiacos 2 - 3 PAOK
21-Apr-18 Irkalis 3 - 2 Panathinaikos

PAOK defeated Olympiacos, and Iraklis came from behind to beat Panathinaikos to set up an all-Thessaloniki final in the men’s volleyball Greek Cup.

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In the first semi final, Olympiacos drew first blood as they took the first set over PAOK 25-19. PAOK would come back and edge the Erythrolefkoi 22-25 to take the second set. Olympiacos would claim the third set by a score of 25-19, which put them within one set of reaching the final. PAOK would respond by taking the fourth set 22-25, thus sending the match to a decisive fifth set. 

The fifth set seemed to be practically even, and with PAOK holding a slight 8-9 lead, it seemed that it would go down to the wire. However, PAOK would win six consecutive points to take the set 8-15 and book their place in Saturday’s final. It should be noted that this victory was extra special for PAOK, as the club also celebrated their 92nd birthday.

In the second semi final, Panathinaikos won a nailbiter first set 32-34. They would then take the second set by a score of 17-25, meaning that they would only have to win one more set to advance to the final. Panathinaikos were within one point of doing so on five separate occasions in the third set, but a brave Iraklis team would ultimately win the set 36-34. 

In the fourth set, Panathinaikos would again find themselves within one point of the win, this time on six separate occasions. As in the third set, Iraklis came out on top, this time 32-30, sending the match to a decisive fifth set. Iraklis would win the fifth set 15-10 to complete the comeback from 0-2 down to win 3-2 in the end.

The two Thessaloniki clubs, PAOK and Iraklis, will compete against each other in Saturday’s final. The final is set to be played on the island of Rhodes at 17:00 Greek time. PAOK will be looking for their second Greek Cup title, having previously won the competition in 2015. Iraklis will be looking for their seventh, with the last one coming back in 2012.

by Andrew Stamas
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