Club Volleyball

    Hermes come up short of springing surprise in Athens


    Article Thu, Dec 16 2021

    After losing the first matchup in straight sets on Tuesday afternoon, Hermes Rekkenshop OOSTENDE did almost cause a sensation in their re-match with Panathinaikos AC ATHENS scheduled for the 8th Finals of the women’s CEV Challenge Cup. As they claimed a 2-1 lead, the Belgians seemed likely to go for a Golden Set, but Panathinaikos could avoid that risk as they won the all-important fourth set. Hermes eventually celebrated a 3-2 victory to leave the competition with their heads held high.

    Hermes Rekkenshop OOSTENDE fought bravely until the end to stay in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals

    The players of Hermes had regenerated after their heavy loss on Tuesday by paying a visit to the iconic Acropolis in Athens in the morning of Wednesday and this experience seemed to pay dividends. They won the first set 25-22 after leading from start to end – but Panathinaikos responded swiftly with a 25-18 win in the second. Hermes fought their way back to stay in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals after taking the third set 25-21.

    Despite losing 2-3, Panathinaikos will continue their journey in the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup

    At this stage, Hermes were still in with a chance to reach the next stage of the competition. However, Panathinaikos showed nerves of steel as they claimed a closely fought fourth set (25-22). The tiebreaker did not have much of a meaning anymore – and Hermes still played with courage to lead 8-4 at the side switch before sealing a well-deserved 15-10 and 3-2 victory.  

    Loladina Zwaanswijk and Merle Baasdam were the best players for Hermes in a valiant effort against the current leaders of the Greek national league.