The second-seed PAOK advanced to the Volleyleague 17-18 playoff semifinals by sweeping No.7 Ethnikos Piraeus in the series of the quarterfinals with a 2-0. The team from Thessaloniki had to work harder in Game 2 compared to Game 1 (3-0) and beat the rivals in four sets, partially 23-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-21.
The Bulgarian Nikolay Uchikov topped PAOK with 19 points. Ioannis Takouridis made 83% attack (10/12), while Rafail Koumentakis recorded 76% reception (17 digs, 41% excellent). Giannis Mantekas and Canadian Casey Knight scored 13 points apiece for Ethnikos.
Besides PAOK, two more teams were promoted into playoff semifinalists today – No.3 A.O. Foinikas Syros (won the series against No.6 Iraklis Chalkidas by a 2-0) and No.5 A.O.P. Kifisias (won the series against No.4 Iraklis Thessaloniki 2015 by a 2-0).
The top-seed Olympiacos S.F.P. will play Game 2 vs. No.8 G.A.S. Pamvochaikos (1-o in the series) on April 14 due to taking part in the rematch of the 2018 CEV Challenge Cup, which they lost to Bunge Ravenna.
To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our GRE National Championship 2017/2018 / Male / Seniors page.