Olympiacos and Noliko play key match in battle for Playoffs spot
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men
Piraeus, Greece, November 4, 2013. Wednesday will be some kind of a “D-Day” for the home heroes of Olympiacos PIRAEUS who are set to play Belgium’s Noliko MAASEIK at the “Melina Merkouri” sports hall for what is their third game in prelim Pool B of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Men. The winner of this game – Olympiacos and Noliko have both one victory so far in the competition – will make a huge step forward in their quest to make the Playoffs 12 as Russia’s Belogorie BELGOROD seems to be the undisputed leader of the Pool.
Last week Olympiacos lost in straight sets at home to Belogorie while Noliko beat Czech champions VK OSTRAVA. Greece and Belgium cross their ways for the second time this year as Olympiacos soccer team was drawn to play Belgium’s R.S.C. Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League. The Volleyball players of Olympiacos want to emulate their colleagues from the soccer division and try to cement their chances to make the next round.
“We just had to forget our home defeat to Belogorie and we want to focus only and exclusively on our match with Noliko. It’s definitely a very different opponent than Belogorie but they are strong too. We knew already since the DOL that Olympiacos and Noliko were going to play for second place in the pool for Belogorie is simply out of reach. Noliko has a solid team and they have showed that in their home game with VK OSTRAVA. We have to play our best to achieve our goal which is nothing else than a victory. I hope the stands will be filled up by our fans and they will help us accomplish this mission” says head coach Dimitrios Kazazis.