In a small surprise, the finals of the Greek championships were postponed. In a big surprise it had nothing to do with crowd troubles between the fans, but rather general trouble in the city of Athens. So, after a two day delay, the series got back underway with Olympiakos easily winning the second match 3-0. The battle of opposites was more or less a wash again (Agamez 21points matching Miljkovic’s 20), but with Olympiakos middle blockers Andreadis and Tsourits combining for 18 points (with 80% in attack) and the team serving 11 aces Olympiakos evened the series at 1-1. The highlights video below isn’t current, but there are a few good clips of Agamez if you’ve never seen him before.
In the first game of the Russian finals, Kazan continued their procession through the playoffs with their 7th straight victory and their 4th straight 3-0 victory. Sergey Tetyukhin with 14 points led a solid all around team performance (Kazan had 10 aces and 11 blocks in 3 sets) while only Ilinykh seemed to offer much resistance. Kazan must be odds on favourites to finish the season shortly and add to Lloy Ball’s increasingly stellar CV (he is the only player to have won championship titles in Italy, Greece and Russia, not to mention the Olympic gold medal). One can only hope that his second book will be better than his first.