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27th men’s title for Olympiacos

 
Leonardo Caldeira enjoys his awards and rewards

Alexandroupolis, Greece, May 6, 2014 - The men’s team of Olympiacos Piraeus confirmed its status as the most decorated team in the history of the Greek volleyball championship by claiming its 2nd consecutive and 27th overall national title.

The 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League participant rejoiced with the trophy after closing the Volleyleague OPAP final series against Ethnicos Alexandroupolis at three victories against none.

Upon winning the regular season with a 17-5 win-loss record and 2 points clear on the top, Olympiacos had a hard time against Foinikas Syros in its semifinal series.  The team from Piraeus had to win the crucial fifth match against the fourth-placed squad from the regular season to make it to the final with three victories to two.

It was a no easy start for the Red-and-Whites in the championship series either.  In game 1 they came from 1:2 behind to grab the victory at 3-2 (25-23, 25-27, 21-25, 25-23, 15-12).  On the following day the visitors from Alexandroupolis managed to even take a 2:0 lead, but once again could not hold on to it.  Led by opposite Boyan Yordanov’s fantastic performance, shining with 34 points, Olympiacos achieved another spectacular U-turn to claim its second victory in the series – 3-2 (26-28, 28-30, 25-23, 25-15, 15-12).

Despite the straight-set win achieved by the defending champions in the third match on Ethnicos’s ground, the success did not come any easier.  The home team was very competitive in the first sets to lose them both in overtime before finally surrendering at 0-3 (24-26, 29-31, 17-25).

Ethnicos had to console with the silver medals while the team of KIFISIA took the bronze.  Olympiacos’s wing spiker Konstantinos Christofidelis was declared the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the championship.




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