BAKA ON FIRE!
Another remarkable appearance in the books for Elena Baka who scored 19.5 points and led Saint Mary’s College to yet another victory. Christos Gitersos’ excellent appearance raises the bar with 34 assists. Stavroula Papazoglou’s Odessa College had an incredible start with 7 wins and just one defeat.
Saint Mary’s College premiered in the WCC championship with one win and one defeat against Loyola Marymount University. Even though in the first game, the Greek outside-hitter scored 8 points, 7 kills, 7 digs, and 1 block, SMC dropped their season-opening to LMU in four sets. However, in their rematch SMC bounced back and defeated LMU in 5 sets. This was a historic win against LMU in Los Angeles, St. Mary’s first in almost a decade! Baka led her team and contributed to their victory with a personal best 19.5 points, 17 kills, 1 block, 2 aces, 1 assist, and 11 digs. It is important to mention that in the 5th set, with a score of 12-12, she carried her team on her back and scored the 13th point giving them a boost of confidence, closing the set with 17-15 and marking a great start for this year.
February 2nd and 3rd vs. Pepperdine University
On January 30th Giterso’s Limestone University fell to North Greenville in four sets (3-1). The sophomore setter played in all 4 sets and had 2 kills, 34 assists (a season high record), 6 digs, and 3 blocks. Another match was scheduled against Erskine, which was canceled.
February 2nd vs. Emmanuel
February 4th vs. Queens
After adding another 4 victories to its list, Papazoglou’s Odessa College waves goodbye to the very successful month of January which consisted of 7 wins and 1 loss. Starting strong on January 28th, Odessa College won easily against Victoria College (3-0), with the freshman participating in all 3 sets and scoring 1 kill, 2 aces, and 1 block. On the 29th of January followed another easy victory (3-0) against Garden City Community College where Papazoglou scored 5 kills, 5 digs, and 1 single block in 2 sets. On the 29th of January against Trinity Valley Community College, Odessa College won once again (3-0), this time without the participation of the 22-year-old.
February 4th vs. Arizona Western College and Utah State Eastern
February 5th vs. College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Arizona College, and Snow College
February 6th vs. Yavapai College
Iro Chounta- Zoe Seroli
The University of Wisconsin Green Bay (0-2) of Iro Chounta and Zoe Seroli did not have a good start to their season as they suffered a 0-3 and 1-3 defeat by Cleveland State. The Greek athletes scored in total for both games: 10 kills, 1 ace, and 5 digs by Chounta, and 1 block, 1 dig, and 1 kill by Seroli.
February 1st and 2nd vs. IUPUI
Unfortunately, Bellarmine University fell to Xavier University (3-1). Nevertheless, the presence of the Greek athlete who played in all 4 sets was very good, scoring 15 kills and 9 digs.
January 31st vs. Butler University
Tziarli’s University of Cincinnati ends January with 1 win and 1 defeat against Illinois State University, with the Greek middle-blocker participating in both games. More specifically, on the 29th of January, Tziarli played in all 4 sets and scored 1 kill, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 4 digs which resulted in a 3-1 victory for the Bearcats. On the 30th of January, she scored 1 kill, 1 block, and 4 digs in 3 sets.
February 5th and 6th vs. Xavier University
Lanara’s George Washington University suffered two defeats by Morgan State (0-3) and Delaware State (1-3). The freshman middle-blocker played in all 7 sets and scored 4 kills, 4 digs, 2 bocks, and 1 ace.
February 6th and 7th vs. George Mason
The University of Central Florida of the freshman, Stella Giourda, starts strong in 2021 with 3 victories. The UCF Knights secured 2 wins over Florida Atlantic University, in a scrimmage (4-0) and regular match (3-1). The 18-year-old took part in 3 sets total out of both games and scored 2 kills, 2 digs, and 1 block. Their scheduled game against Stetson on the 28th of January had to be canceled, while on the 30th of January, UCF won against the University of North Florida without the help of the freshman outside-hitter.
January 31st vs. UNF
February 5th and 6th vs Tulane
Kiridis’ Barton College dropped their season-opener against #14 nationally George Mason (0-3) on January 30th. The senior middle-blocker played in all 3 sets and scored 1 kill and 4 blocks.
February 5th vs Erskine
February 6th vs Emmanuel
With one victory and one loss on the 29th and 30th of January against Indiana University, Rutgers University continues its obligations in the very strong Big 10 conference. The win against Indiana on January 29th was a historic and memorable one, as the first win against the Indiana Hoosiers in the history of Rutgers Volleyball, and the first home opener win in the Big 10 conference. Antypa contributed to her team from the back row where she scored 3 aces and made 7 digs in total.
February 5th and 6th vs. Wisconsin
Drosopoulou’s University of Illinois Chicago began their season with two victories on the 25th and 26th of January against Purdue Fort Wayne University. The senior outside-hitter only took part in one set.
February 1st and 2nd vs. Robert Morris
On the 25th of January Bradley University drops their season opening with a 0-3 defeat against Illinois State University. The 23-year-old right-side did not take part in this game.
February 1st vs. Illinois State University
February 7th vs. Drake University
Papazoglou’s Temple University was finally able to host 1 of the 3 matches after their postponement due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, Temple University continues their amazing course with a total of 2 wins including the one over the University of Connecticut with 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-19). The 23-year-old did not play in this game.
February 6th vs. Saint John’s University
The 2nd game for UTRGV did not take place as Chicago State University had to postpone its competitions from the WAC conference due to COVID-19.
February 1st and 2nd vs. Dixie State