Hynes eyes Finnish championship play-offs

BENDIGO volleyball star Eliza Karley Hynes is just one win away from making the Finnish women's championship play-offs in her first season as a professional player.

The 22-year-old's OrPo team holds a 3-0 lead over rivals HPK in the national league's best-of-seven semi-final series.

Their most recent victory was a hard-fought five-set match on Sunday

Highlights from OrPo's win in semi-final three of the Finnish women's volleyball league.

OrPo needs to win just one more game against HPK to book their place in the finals. 

The teams are next scheduled to meet at 4pm on Saturday (1am Sunday local time), with three more matches on March 16, 21 and 23 if required.

OrPo, which is  based in the town of Orivesi about 200km north of Helsinki, finished the home-and-away season in second place on the ladder.

Their likely opponent if they make the play-offs is minor premiers LP Viesti, who are also 3-0 up in their semi-final series.

Hynes joined the Finnish club at the start of the season after signing her first professional playing contract.

The former Maiden Gully resident has settled in well to her new surrounds and has played a key role in OrPo's success.

She features regularly in match photos posted on the club's Facebook page and can be seen serving, blocking, spiking and celebrating with her team-mates on a YouTube video showing highlight's of Sunday's nail-biting win.

OrPo defeated HPK 25-22 25-14 21-25 21-25 19-17 in that game.

Multi-talented athlete Hynes has represented Australia at both indoor and beach volleyball and also played schoolgirl netball for her country.

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