The women’s volleyball team secured the qualification to the semi-finals of the CEV Challenge Cup. This will be the third time in the last four years that the team qualifies to this round of the competition. The team won the first two sets needed in 45 minutes and thanks to a 3-1 victory in Hungary, qualified. Then the coach made substitutions and the Hungarian team won in the tie-break. The Reds will face the winner of the game “Beziers-Aachen” in the semi-final which will be done on Wednesday (4/3). The French team won with 3-0 in the first game and is the favourite for the qualification. The first leg of the semi-final will be done in Renti on 18 March and the rematch in France or Germany on 25 March.
The sets: 2-3: 25-17 (22’), 25-17 (23’), 20-25 (23’), 21-25 (25’), 9-15 (15’)
1st set: 8-2, 16-9, 21-12, 25-17
2nd set: 4-8, 16-10, 21-16, 25-17
3rd set: 6-8, 11-16, 16-21, 20-25
4th set: 7-8, 13-16, 16-21, 21-25
5th set: 2-5, 5-10, 7-12, 9-15
Olympiacos (Branko Kovacevic): Zivojinovic 11, Scott 14, Lamprousi 8, Christodoulou 2, Hippe 14, Zakchaiou 9, Konomi -L / Kakouratou (L), Giota 2, Konstantinidou 1, Milentigievic, Kalantaridou 6, Xanthopoulou, Totsidou 13
Bekescsaba: Jerkov 15, Collar 21, Pekarik 12, Grbic 3, Bodovics 6, Klaric 18, Molcsanyi (L) / Fabian, Szedmak
The Head coach Branko Kovacevic stated: "I would like to apologize for the defeat. Of course we wanted the win for us, but it is much more important to protect some athletes from some minor issues and to give athletes time to such a very strong European game. In the end, we achieve all our goals for this game. In the first two sets, we did our best game for this season and it shows us that the team is on form this season. All the athletes played with passion and I'm happy with their performance. "
Saskia Hippe mentioned: "We are very happy to be in the semi-finals this year as well. So far we have had very good performances in Europe and I hope we will continue to do so. Today we played very well in the first two sets and achieved our goal to secure the qualification. We continue and wait for the next two games to compete for the final again. "