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Alexakou joins the 1000 kills club! - Greek battles continue

nomos8 14Mar

Alexakou joins the 1,000-kill club
Incredible accomplishments for Leontaridou
Papazoglou’s and Stamatiou’s first double-double of the year
Greek civil war against Kiridis and Gitersos

With her 5th kill in the match against Seton Hall, Alexakou became a member of the “1,000 Kill Club” and scored her 1000th kill! Sky-scraping hitting percentage for Leontaridou recording 0.526% after achieving the new season and personal record of 12 kills. Papazoglou and Stamatiou accomplished their first double-double of the year with 17 kills and 11 digs for Papazoglou and 14 kills and 11 digs for Stamatiou. Limestone University’s Timken Center is dressed in blue after hosting Kiridi’s Barton.

Efrosini Alexakou- Ariadni Kathariou

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The Greek red storm had a triple match this past week with Alexakou reaching 1000 attacks in her 3rd year in the US. On Wednesday, they faced Villanova and despite Alexakou’s impressive performance scoring 21.5 points (21 kills, 1 block, 13 digs), they lost 0-3. Kathariou’s contribution of 4 points was also very important (3 kills, 2 assists, and 3 blocks). The sequel got much better for the Johnnies as they prevailed over Seton Hall, where the two Greek Nomos EVE 2018 participants battled against the Bulgarian Nomos EVE 2018 participant, Tveti Ilieva, the freshman who is consistently Seton Hall’s top attacker and point scorer this season. Nomos EVE 2020 participant Cagla Bengi is nursing an injury and was supporting her Pirates in spirit. The Greek Johnnies won 3-0 on March 12th and 3-1 on March 13th, with the Greek duo having very high percentages in kills and digs. Alexakou, in 6 consecutive games has a “double-double” in kills and digits while she is in 2nd place in the BIG EAST conference with a percentage efficiency in kills of 4.43 per set! Detailed statistics: March 12th, Alexakou 18 points (17 kills, 2 blocks, 11 digs), Kathariou 7.5 points (4 kills, 1 assist, 7 blocks, 1 dig). March 13th, Alexakou 17 points (17 kills, 1 assist, 14 digs), Kathariou 5.5 points (3 kills, 1 ace, 3 blocks, 7 digs).

Next Obligations:
March 19th and 20th vs. Providence

Elena Leontaridou
With two very good performances in the Big East conference, Leontaridou’s Providence continued against Connecticut, as they secured both wins with 3-1. The Greek middle-blocker was unstoppable in the first match scoring 13.5 points (12 kills, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 digs) and with 8.5 points on the second day (7 kills, 4 blocks) she was one of the best players in the second match. 

Next Obligations:
March 17th vs. University of Rhode Island
March 19th and 20th vs. St. John’s University

Katerina Papazoglou
Papazoglou’s Temple University (8-5) had two matches last week with East Carolina University on March 12th and 13th. On the 12th they lost with a final score of 0-3 (20-25,22-25,20-25) with Papazoglou participating in 3 sets scoring 3 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 2 blocks, and 13 digs. In their rematch, however, the Temple Owls were determined to turn things around and so they managed to defeat East Carolina University with 3-1 (25-23, 27-25, 16-25, 25-17). Papazoglou was her team’s top scorer with a total of 19 points (17 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks, 11 digs). It is noteworthy that Papazoglou had the best hitting percentage (34.2%) as well as her first double-double for 2021!

Next Obligations:
March 26th and 27th vs. Cincinnati

Chrysanthi Stamatiou
One win (3-1) and one defeat (0-3) in the books for Stamatiou’s Bellarmine against Liberty University. The Greek outside-hitter from Volos had another amazing appearance having a double-double in digs and kills in both games! More specifically, in her team’s victory she scored 14.5 points (14 kills, 1 block, 11 digs) while in her team’s defeat she scored 12 points (10 kills, 2 aces, 11 digs).

Next Obligations:
March 19th and 20th vs. Lipscomb

Christos Gitersos- Dimitris Kiridis

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Another “civil war” took place this week between Giterso’s Limestone University (8-4) and Kyridi’s Barton (7-7). Barton managed to overpower Giterso’s Limestone University in 4 sets (25-21,19-25,25-22,25-20). Both Greek players played throughout the match with Giterso scoring 3 kills, 38 assists, 5 blocks, and 6 digs, while Kyridis scored 7 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, and 3 digs.

Giterso’s Limestone University had two more games, one with Jamestown on the 13th and one with Lincoln Memorial on the 14th of March. Limestone lost the first game against Jamestown in 5 sets with Giterso scoring 4 kills, 46 assists, 1 ace, 4 blocks, and 8 digs. Despite Giterso’s outstanding performance the next day, (1 ace, 30 assists, 2 digs, and 2 kills) they were not able to beat Lincoln Memorial and lost 3-0.

Next Obligations for Giterso:
March 17th vs. North Greenvile
March 19th vs King

Next Obligations for Kiridi:
March 20th vs Queens

Elena Baka
Baka keeps getting better game by game. This week Baka did not have any games in the sand. Instead, she led her team to two victories out of the three games they played. On March 9th Baka’s Saint Mary’s were able to sweep Pacific 3-0 with Baka scoring 2 kills, 5 blocks, and 11 digs. Next, in their back-to-back games on March 12th and March 13th, they lost the first one 3-0 but won the second 3-1. Baka once again led her team with 12 and 18 points respectively and high percentages in kills and digs. Detailed statistics: March 12th, 8 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks, and 5 digs, March 13th, 16 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 2 blocks, and 7 digs.

Next Obligations Indoors:
March 18th and 19th vs. Santa Clara

Zoe Faki- Lydia Adam
A week full of sweeps for Pittsburgh University (9-4) who now stands in 22nd place in the NCAA. More specifically, their first win was against Georgia Tech (25-19,25-23,25-19) with the Greek outside-hitter participating in two sets, contributing with 1 dig. Next, Pitt visited The University of Wake Forest who they defeated in 3 sets (25-12,25-19,25-22) without the participation of Faki. Finally, for the 3rd time this week, Pittsburgh managed to secure another win 3-0 (25-6, 25-15, 25-12), this time against Adam’s North Carolina State University. Both Greek players participated in two sets, with Faki digging 3 balls.

Adam’s North Carolina State University also played Wake Forest who they defeated 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-22,25-19). Adam did not participate in this game.

Next Obligations for Faki:
March 20TH VS Miami
March 21st vs Duke

Next Obligations for Adam:
March 19th vs Clemson
March 21st vs Boston College

Dimitra Tziarli-Stella Gkiourda
Tziarli’s University of Cincinnati (6-5) hosted Giourda’s University of Central Florida (12-1) last week for two games. The visitors were determined not to put an end to their winning streak and did not allow the hosts to overthrow them at any time during the game. As a result, Giourda’s University of Central Florida won both games in 3 sets [(25-15,25-17,25-17), (25-22, 25-20, 25-17)]. Tziarli participated in 1 set in the second game, while Giourda did not compete at all.

Next Obligations for Tziarli:
March 26th and 27th vs Temple

Next Obligations for Giourda:
March 26th and 27tth vs USF

Marianna Anastasiadi
Anastasiadi’s Auburn University at Montgomery (3-1) experienced their first defeat after a winning streak of 3. On March 11th Anastasiadi visited the University of Montevallo and lost in 4 sets (15-25,19-25,26-24,24-26). The freshman made her first appearance by participating in one set.

Next Obligations:
March 20th vs Shorter University and Lee University 

Alexandra Drosopoulou - Iro Chounta, Zoe Sherolli
Drosopoulou’s University faced Chountas and Sherolli’s Green Bay on March 8th and 9th. The first game ended 3-1 in favor of the Flames. Despite their defeat, Chounta had an amazing performance of 8 kills, 4 digs, 1.5 blocks, and 1 ace, while Sherolli participated in two sets. In their second game, Green Bay was once again unable to defeat UIC ending in a 3-1 sweep. Chounta had another great game with 10 kills, 5 digs, and 0.5 blocks. Sherolli participated in one set, while Drosopoulou did not compete in these matches.

Next Obligations for Drosopoulou:
March 15th and 16th vs Northern Kentucky

Next Obligations for Chounta-Sherolli:
Two games on March 22nd vs Wright State

Elisavet Papageorgiou:
This week, Eastern Illinois faced Tennessee State on the 7th and 8th of March. The first game ended in favor of Tennessee after 5 long sets, while on the second day the Panthers managed to secure their first win of the season 3-0! The Greek right-side participated in both games contributing to her team with 2 digs and 1 ace.

Next Obligations:
March 14th and 15th vs Murray State  

Marialena Mpampiri
A long week for Mpampiri’s Lyon College after facing 3 difficult opponents finally came to an end. The first match against Blue Mountain College ended in favor of Lyon, with Mpampiri scoring 3 kills, 3 blocks, and 2 digs. On March 12th Lyon College faced William Woods University and got defeated 0-3. Mpampiri did not play in this match. The last game of the week ended 2-3 in favor of Stephen College, with the Greek middle-blocker scoring 8 kills, 2 blocks, and 5 digs.

Next Obligations:
March 16th vs Bethel University
March 18th vs Central Baptist College
March 20th vs Hannibal- Lagrange University

Stella Antypa
This week, the mighty Penn State faced Antypa’s Rutgers. Penn State easily prevailed in both games with 3-0. The Greek outside-hitter played in the second match for 1 set and scored 5 kills and 1 dig.

Next Obligations:
March 19th and 20th vs Purdue

Spyros Chakas
Chaka’s Hawaii had 3 very easy days, against UC Santa Barbara, as they won all three matches with 3-1, 3-0, and 3-0 on March 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively. The Greek freshman participated in 2 of the 3 games, helping out in the back row.

Next Obligations:
March 26th and 27th vs. UC San Diego

Ioanna Charitonidi
Charitonidi’s UTRGV secures its second win in the WAC conference against Seattle University (2-8). Unfortunately, on women’s day, they lost to Seattle 0-3 but came back the next day and won in 4 sets. Charitonidi played in 1 match.

Next Obligations:
March 15th and 16th vs Utah Valley

Eva Athanasiadou
On Sunday, March 14th, Anastasiadou’s SLU visited Kansas State, but despite the battle they fought, they did not manage to secure the win as they lost 0-3. The Greek setter participated in 1 set and contributed to her team with 1 assist and 1 dig.

Next Obligations:
March 19th and 20th vs VCU

Anastasia Galanou
Great victory against Alexakou’s and Kathariou’s St. John’s (3-1) by Galanou’s Villanova on the 10th of March, while on the 14th of March their match against George Mason was postponed due to COVID. The Greek outside-hitter did participate in these games as she is in the process of recovery.

Next Obligations:
March 19th and 20th vs Seton Hall

Fay Bakodimou
The scheduled games on March 12th and 13th against Hofstra got postponed.

Next Obligations:
March 20th and 21st vs Northeastern University 

Elena Karakasi
Karakasi’s Syracuse University canceled two scheduled games against Miami University and Virginia University.

Next Obligations:
March 20th vs Georgia Tech
March 21st vs Virginia Tech

Aristea Tontai
Tontai’s North Carolina University postponed two scheduled games against Boston college and Georgia tech.

Next Obligations:
March 19th vs Wake Forest
March 21st vs Notre Dame

Stavroula Papazoglou
Yet another victory for Papazoglou’s Odessa College (19-2) who is only 2 games away from regionals. They managed to obtain their 16th sweep with Western Texas College on March 13th (25-13,25-16,25-13). The freshman did not participate in this game.

Next Obligations:
March 17th vs Clarendon College
March 20th vs Midland College

Markella Lanara
Due to COVID-19, George Washington decided to cancel the following games:
March 13th vs Fordham
March 14th vs La Salle
March 17th vs west Virginia
March 21st vs Rhode Island

Olga Zampati- Georgia Tselepi
Zampati’s and Tselepi’s Quinnipiac began their volleyball obligations on March 9th on a double game against Manhattan. In the first game, the Bobcats managed to defeat Manhattan 3-1, however, in the second game Manhattan turned things around and won in 5 sets. Later this week, they faced Canisius twice with their first match ending in 3-2 in favor of Quinnipiac and their second match ending with a 3-0 sweep for Canisius. The Greek outside-hitters did not participate in these matches.

Next Obligations:
March 19th vs Marist

Lida Kastanou
Despite losing to Valparaiso in the first week of March, Kastanou’s Bradley University did not suffer another defeat the second time through. On March 8th, after 4 sets, they managed to overpower Valparaiso (18-25,25-19,25-22,25-19). It is noteworthy that Bradley University has a record of 8 wins to 4 defeats this season. Kastanou did not participate in this match.

Next Obligations:
March 14th and 15th vs Loyola
March 21st vs Missouri State


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