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Greece: Panathinaikos dominates Final Game 1. Olympiacos loses also Finger.

Against the odds, Panathinaikos (who faces these playoffs without the Serbian opposite Starovic) wins with a clear 3-0 Game 1 of Final on the Olympiacos field (even if they still play behind closed doors) and goes to one step from the title. Olympiacos pays the disastrous performance of the two outside-hitters, both with efficiency below zero: Husaj closes with 21% of winning attacks and -29% of efficiency, while Koumentakis with 24% of winning attacks and -12% of efficiency. Added to this is Finger’s injury, on the first exchange of the 2nd set. Aspiotis starts well, but then falls in the 3rd set. Among the winners, positive tests for the Brazilian middle-blocker Rangel (16 points, 64% in attack, 6 kill blocks and 1 ace), for the opposite Raptis (15 points, 57% in attack, 1 kill block and 2 ace) and for the Montenegrin outside-hitter Cacic (13 points, 55% in attack, 1 kill block and 1 ace). 4-13 the count of the winning blocks.

Final Game 1 – July 9
Olympiacos (1) โ€” Panathinaikos (3) 0-3 (19:25, 22:25, 19:25)
Olympiacos: Tervaportti 1, Koumentakis 4, Voulkidis 7, Finger 4, Husaj 4, Petreas 4, Kokkinakis (L); Rizopoulos 0, Gergye 5, Stivachtis 0, Aspiotis 10. Not Entered: Andreadis, Papalexiou, Tziavras (L). Coach: Fernando Munoz Benitez.
Panathinaikos: Jacobsen 3, Cacic 13, Pelekoudas 4, Raptis 15, C. Andreopoulos 7, Lucas Rangel 16, Zisis (L); Pantaleon 0. Not Entered: Mouhlias, Roussopoulos, Barbounis, Palaiologos, Sonakis (L). Coach: D. Andreopoulos.

FINAL PROGRAM
|Game 1 – July 9| Olympiacos (1) โ€” Panathinaikos (3) 0-3 (19:25, 22:25, 19:25)
|Game 2 – July 12| Panathinaikos (3) – Olympiacos (1) 3-1 (22:25, 25:22, 25:15, 25:13)
|Eventual Game 3 – July 15| Olympiacos (1) โ€” Panathinaikos (3)

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