The men’s volleyball team was strong against Modena and lost in details (2-3) in the first match of the 16th finals of the CEV Cup. The Reds played against one of the best European team competing in the top Italian championship and proved that it’s the top team in Greece and came close to a historical victory against a team with a huge budget. Olympiacos was competitive and played high-level volleyball winning the first and the third set but lost in the tie-break in a two-and-a-half hour match. The second match is scheduled on Thursday 19 December.
The sets: 2-3: 34-32 (38'), 17-25 (23'), 38-36 (43'), 19-25 (25'), 15-17 (21')
1st set: 8-7, 13-16, 19-21, 34-32
2nd set: 8-5, 11-16, 16-21, 17-25
3rd set: 8-7, 16-15, 19-21, 38-36
4th set: 7-8, 12-16, 17-21, 19-25
5th set: 5-3, 9-10, 10-12, 15-17
Olympiacos (Fernando Benitez Munoz): Finger 22, Petreas 13, Husaj 13, Voulkidis 12, Tervaportti 6, Gergye 18, Kokkinakis (L), Tziavras (L), Stivachtis, Aspiotis 1, Koumentakis 1, RIzopoulos
Leo Shoes Modena: Pinali 20, Bednorz 22, Christenson 6, Bossi 11, Mazzone 13, Kaliberda 14, Rossini (L), Anderson 10, Salsi
The Head coach Fernando Munoz Benitez stated: "It was a very strong game. We played against a very strong team with very good physical and technical experience. We played five sets, fought and had the chance to win. We had a very good game but now, have to concentrate on Sunday's game against Panathinaikos and then look at the second match against Modena. We will definitely go to Italy with the same determination and do our best to claim the best possible."
Roland Gergye mentioned: "We are very pleased with the game today because we played hard and it was not easy to win for our opponent. Two sets went up to 30 points and this shows what the game was. We lost 3-2 in the details and could have won the match against a very strong opponent. We would also like to thank our fans who have been on the court today and are always on our side."