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Greece: Iraklis remain undefeated in Greek league

by WoV
source: fivb.org

Athens, Greece, January 9, 2011 – For a third consecutive year Iraklis Thessaloniki celebrated a great away victory at Olympiacos Piraeus, beating their big rivals 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 28-26) as the men’s A1 OPAP VolleyLeague of Greece reached the halfway mark of the 2011-12 season.

Iraklis

Iraklis lead the way in the Greek league

The blue-and-white team from Thessaloniki extended their winning streak in the competition to 11 victories and they are now the sole leaders in the standings with 27 points. Olympiacos, the defending champions, trail by three points.

Rolando Despaigne of Cuba, last year’s MVP of the Greek League as a player of Olympiacos, was the leading scorer for Iraklis by 23 points, but his teammate Nikos Smaragdis was voted MVP of the match.

In addition to the defeat, the host team suffered a major upset after Dima Filipov twisted his ankle during the first set and is expected to be out for at least a month.

Pamvohaikos Vrahati Corinthia, bounced back after two consecutive losses, defeating Aris Thessaloniki 3-1 and returning to third in the standings.

Ethnikos Alexandroupolis retained a clean sheet after their win over EA Patron in straight sets, while PAOK Thessaloniki edged Panathinaikos in straight sets and left the Athens team at the bottom of the table.

Results

Olympiacos – Iraklis 1-3 (21-25, 25-19, 21-25, 26-28)
Olympiacos (Kalmazidis): Himenez 6, Petreas 2, Filipov, Novotny 26, Andreadis 7, Kokkinakis 7/ Kouzounis (L), Sotiriou, Livathinos, Kanellos 5, Ioannou 1
Iraklis (Drikos): Hristofidelis 11, Despagne 23, Pelekoudas 8, Bozidis, Smaragdis 12, Kravarik 10/ Stefanou (L), Dimitriadis, Tanik, Tzioumakas 2

Ethnikos Alexandroupolis – EA Patron 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-16)
Ethnikos (Andreadis): Kovac 6, Sidiriopoulos 3, Papazoglou 10, Gonzalez 16, Dalakouras A. 8, Koumentakis 12/ Mitrev (L), Kiriakidis, Kontostathis
EA Patron (Hristopoulos): Mantekas 6, Vujovic 5, Papadopoulos G. 4, Aspiotis 15, Papadopolous P. 1/ Ahilleopoulos (L), Patakiaras (L), Patrinos, Makrigiannis, Milev 5

Pamvohaikos – Aris 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16)
Pamvohaikos (Zalmas): Bekiaris 10, Potocnik 16, Stivahtis 3, Dusharm 17, Katsanevakis 11, Karagiannis 10/ Dimitrakopoulos (L), Koulas, Liontas, Mihailoglou, Bakas, Vardis
Aris (Giatsis): Kiprianos 2, Barutov 12, Kodogiannis 1, Kiosis 5, Kiriakidis 15, Rizopoulos 13/ Babalioutas (L) / Palentzas

PAOK – Panathinaikos 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-21)
PAOK (Melkas): Girtzikis 12, Papaiakovou 6, Plikas 3, Romero 7, Borovnjak 15, Armenakis 13/ Papadimitriou (L), Karasarlidis
Panathinaikos (Kazazis): Zoupani 6, Psarras 4, Kolev 6, Josefacki 12, Stojkovic 5, Pantaleon 6/ Daridis (L), Aggelopoulos, Donas, Kotsilianos, Protopsaltis 1.

VOLLEY LEAGUE OPAP 2011-2012 TABLE

1. Iraklis         27
2. Olympiacos   24
3. Pamvohaikos    19
4. Finikas Sirou     18
5. Ethnikos Alex.   14
6. AO Kifisias    11
7. EA Patron  11
8. Lamia        11
9. PAOK        10
10.Aris          10
11.Panathinaikos    7

*Apollon Kalamarias withdrew from the Volleyleague OPAP 2011-2012
**Lamia and Finikas Siros both have 9 matches.

FIXTURES

Round 12

Friday 13 January
19:00 (Live on Novasports 3 & www.laola1.tv), PAOK–EA Patron

Saturday 14 January
19:00 Iraklis–Aris
19:00 (Live on Novasports 4 & www.laola1.tv), Pamvohaikos-Lamia
19:00 Ethnikos Alexandroupolis–AO Kifisias
19:00 Finikas Sirou-Panathinaikos

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