Hynes set for finals series

VOLLEYBALLER Eliza Karley Hynes and her OrPo team-mates have won through to the championship finals of the Finnish national women's league.

In her first professional season, the former Bendigo girl helped OrPo to a 4-0 clean sweep of their semi- final series against HPK.

Their deciding clash last Wednesday was a marathon two-hour battle in which the teams traded set honours before Hynes and co. finally triumphed 25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12. 

The talented 22-year-old Australian, who plays as an outside passer/hitter, featured in some incredibly long rallies involving remarkable saves by both sides.

Highlights of Eliza Karley Hynes and her OrPo team's fourth semi-final win in the Finnish women's volleyball league

OrPo, based in the city of Orivesi in south-west Finland, takes on LP Viestri in the best-of-seven championship finals.

Game one is scheduled for next Wednesday evening (early Thursday local time), with further encounters on March 28, 29 and April 4.

More matches will be played only if required.

OrPo's rivals in the finals have been the powerhouse of Finnish women's volleyball in recent years, winning the championship the past two seasons.

Hynes grew up in Maiden Gully and represented Australia at both beach and indoor volleyball, as well as being selected in a national schoolgirl netball squad.

She spent several years with the Australian Institute of Sport's beach volleyball program before returning to the indoor game last year and securing a professional contract with OrPo.  

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