Our Greek American girls are NCAA bound! 50 for Gitersos!
Among the 48 teams that will travel to Omaha for the NCAA Tournament are Giourda’s, Mpakodimou’s, and Faki’s! NJCAA Tournament for Papazoglou too! 50 assists for Gitersos -the second time this season he scores 50+ assists- in his match against Queens.
Mpaka continues strong in the sand following 4 games in 4 days. On April 6th Saint Mary’s welcomed CAL, ranked No 9 in the nation for beach volleyball, whom they lost to 2-0 (21-12, 21-14). Next, they participated in the annual WCC Mid-Season Invitational Tournament in Santa Cruz where they made a great start after defeating both teams that they were put up against. They were also the strongest couple after securing both wins 2-0 against San Francisco (21-10) and Santa Clara (21-7, 21-16). The last day of the tournament, April 9th, left a bittersweet taste as Saint Mary’s started off with a victory over the Pacific, without the participation of Mpaka and Cowell, who in the afternoon of the same day faced LMU ranked No 5 in the nation. Despite fighting until the end, they fell 2-0 (21-19,21-19). Saint Mary’s is currently at 5-5, with only 3 weeks left in the sand until the end of season.
April 11th and 15th vs. UC Davis
April 17th vs. Stanford
April 18th vs. Cal
Kyridi’s Barton College suffered a 5-set defeat on April 6th against Mount Olive. The Greek middle blocker participated throughout the whole game and with yet another great performance, he scored 10 kills, 4 blocks, and 1 ace. Following this match, Barton College’s record stands 9 wins to 9 losses. Next stop, conference quarterfinals.
April 13th- Quarterfinals
Unfortunately, Mpampiri’s Lyon College failed to obtain a ticket for the American Midwest Conference semifinals after losing 0-3 to Columbia College on April 6th. Mpampiri did not play in this game. Following this match, Lyon College’s athletic obligations were done for this season, with a record of 8 wins and 14 defeats.
Papavasiliou’s Mount Olive was able to secure a very big win, 3-0, against Barton College on April 6th. The Greek outside hitter participated in all three sets, scoring 4 kills, 1 assist, and 1 dig. This match marked the end of Mount Olive’s regular season with a record of 6 wins and 3 defeats. On April 10th vs. Converse College, Nafsika was able to critically contribute to her team’s historic win, advancing to the Conference Carolina’s semi final, with 6 kills in 16 attempts and 5 digs. April 17th is now Mount Olive’s greatest test yet, against North Greenville, Conference Carolina’s sole undefeated team.
Michalis Kagialis-Nikos Kalagasidis
Kagialis’ and Kalagasidis’ Simpson University fell in the semifinals of the California Pacific Conference. On April 6th, they played against the University of California at Merced and lost 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18), despite Greeks’ great performance. Kagialis scored 4 kills, 1 ace, 1 block, and 1 dig, while Kalagasidis scored 9 kills, 26 assists, 1 block, and 8 digs. SU finished in 3rd place with a record of 6 wins and 7 losses.
Gitersos’ Limestone University returns to victories and continues their season on a positive note. On April 9th, the LU Saints following a long 5 set game against Queens and with a tremendous appearance by Gitersos, secured their 7th home victory of the year (27-25,25-19,23-25,15-25,15-
April 14th vs Tusculum
The University of Hawaii continues its undefeated streak in the Big West conference, reaching 13-0! On April 9th and 10th, they swept CSUN (3-1 and 3-0) after showing no resistance. Chakas played in 1 set without scoring any points
April 14th and 17th vs. UC Irvine