Lithuania: Lietuvos Telekomas On Course For Triple Honours

05.04.2005

Andrej Pometko

Lithuanian champions Lietuvos Telekomas Vilnius stand on the brink of an unprecedented season of success. Having already qualified for the EuroLeague Women Final Four for the first time in history, Lietuvos have also advanced to the final stages of their domestic league and the Baltic League.

Katie Douglas (right - Lietuvos Telekomas Vilnius) and Olena Fenko (Kozachka-Zalk Zaporozhye)
Lietuvos' Katie Douglas - the top scorer in the EuroLeague Women (20.6 ppg)
An 8th consecutive Lithuanian league title should be little more than a formality. Lietuvos' winning streak on the domestic scene stands at 146 games and finals opponents Marijampole have little chance of ending that record breaking run.

Lietuvos have been almost as unstoppable in the Baltic League and will seek a sixth title in the final four on 8-9 April.

But the main and most challenging goal will be the EuroLeague Women title.

Lietuvos' General Manager Arvydas Tamasauskas has some experience of European success, guiding Zalgiris Kaunas to the 1999 EuroLeague Men's title. At the time, Tamasauskas commented that all that was left was to die in happiness, but 6 years on, his priorities have no doubt been reassessed, and his side will be looking for European glory in Samara.

It will certainly not be an easy task for Lietuvos, as they face home side (and the only undefeated team in the competition) Samara in the semi-final.

Should they advance, they will face either Mizo Pecs (HUN) or Gambrinus Brno (CZE) in the final on 24th April.


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