The men’s national volleyball team came close to reaching the Eurovolley 2017 finals, but eventually succumbed to Spain and missed out on next year’s tournament.
After losing 3-0 to Spain on October 1 with a miserable performance at the Canary Islands, Greece had to win 3-0 or 3-1 in the return leg in Kozani on Saturday and then win the “golden set”.
The Greeks led 2-1 and 21-18 in the fourth set on the way to accomplishing their difficult task, but the Spaniards fought back and won the set 28-26, reducing the fifth set to a mere formality.
Greece won the tie-break and the second leg with 3-2 score, but it was Spain that got the ticket to the finals.
“The team fought under adverse conditions. This effort has to continue,” said national team coach Sotiris Drikos, clearly disappointed.