The masters team of Tricolorul LMV Ploieşti took part in the „Loutraki Masters Cup”, tournament hosted in Loutraki, Greece, by Hellenic Volleyball Federation HVBF, in partnership with SPORTCAMP, member of Sportcamp Group, an experienced sports events organizer with proven success in staging major events with the highest quality standards.
34 teams from 9 different countries (Canada, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania,Russia, Sweden, Ukraine) were present at the tournament. Tricolorul LMV was the only team from Romania.
The competition was held between June 13-15, in three venues. Tricolorul LMV played in the 35+ category, against Kaman Volley (Poland), Pamvohaikos (Greece) şi Poseidon Loutraki (Greece). The four teams were placed in a pool in which they competed following the principle “one against each other” in one single round robin.
Tricolorul LMV won the first match of the tournament, against the hosts from Poseidon Loutraki, score 2-1. After that, lost the meeting with Kaman Volley, match that had started at midnight due to the previous games that has been longer than expected.
In the last match of the round, Tricolorul LMV won in straight sets against the other team from Greece – Pamvohaikos.
With two wins and a loss, the team from Ploiești finished the round robin phase on the second place and qualified in the final. In the match for the trophy, Tricolorul LMV upset in two sets the team from Poland, Kaman Volley, and finished on the first place of the competition.
About this tournament, Dragoș Diaconeasa, the president of Tricolorul LMV, said:
„It was the most important trophy in our history until now. Though we have played at other big international competitions, this is one of the great ones, well structured and organized. We are glad that we brought the cup to Ploiești”.
The roster of Tricolorul LMV at this tournament was Marinescu Mădălin, Vasile Adrian, Ştefurac Marius, Mocanu Daniel, Anton Marian, Purice Răzvan, Alecse Dacian, Neagu Laurenţiu, Georgescu Mihai, Ştirbu Ioan, Mateescu Marian, Diaconeasa Dragoş, Bunea Jean.