Qualified to the 16th finals!

Olympiacos celebrated the qualification in the 16 best teams of the CEV Cup after winning the Shakhtior Soligorsk with 3-2 in Belarus. After the comfortable win with 3-0 in Renti sporting hall, the last year’s Challenge Cup finalists doubled the victories against the Belarusians and secured the qualification. The ‘’Reds’’ needed two sets and although they lost the first one, got the next two ones and finally, won with 3-2. The Greek champions will face the Turkish Istanbul BBSK, which won the golden set against Ajaccio. The first game will be held from 18 to 20 December and the rematch from 15 to 17 January.

Shaktior surprised Olympiacos and got the first set with 25-18. The performance of Olympiacos players was improved in the second one winning it with 29-27. The third set was balanced with the two teams being close to the score but finally, the “Reds’’ dominated with 26-24. Having achieved their goal, Olympiacos lost the fourth set with 25-20 but won the tie-break doubling the victories against Shakhtior. Schmitt was the top scorer with 13 points, Fragkos had 12 and Zoupani scored 11. 

Key data:

The sets: 2-3: 25-18 (21'), 27-29 (29'), 24-26 (27'), 25-20 (24'), 8-15 (13')

1st set: 8-6, 16-10, 21-14, 25-18

2nd set: 8-7, 16-15, 19-21, 27-29

3rd set: 7-8, 16-15, 20-21, 24-26

4th set: 7-8, 16-12, 21-19, 25-20

5th set: 2-5, 5-10, 7-12, 8-15

Olympiacos (Fernando Munoz Benitez): Petreas 5, Bohme 8, Andreadis 5, Fragkos 12, Schmitt 13, Tervaportti, Rauwerdink 13, Stefanou (L), Daridis (L), Christofidelis 1, Zoupani 11, Stivachtis, Andreadis 3, Koumentakis 6

Shakhtior Soligorsk (Beksha): Shmat 15, Antanovich 18, Voinau 4, Tevkun 21, Khmialeuski 8, Kurash 1, Budziukhin (L), Martynau, Shkliar, Makinen 4, Marchenko, Shkredau 4

Statements: 

The Head coach Fernando Munoz Benitez stated at olympiacossfp.gr after the end of the match: "As I said after the end of the first match in Renti, it will be a difficult away game. I know the Belarusian court and players and their performance is always better than playing away. It was a difficult and powerful game but we focused, played well since the third set and corrected some technical details. The important issue is that we got the qualification and we continue stronger".

Jeroen Rauwerdink mentioned: "It was a very difficult game, as we expected. Shakhtior played better than in the first game in Renti. It was stronger, took the first set but we kept giving our best and got the two sets needed and the victory. We are at the CEV Cup round of ‘’16’’ and we are continuing our European journey".