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Beste Ayhan’s block party in America, now at #3! New season-highs for Koyuncu, Yetis, and Ilieva! Double double-double for Karacaova!

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Amazing consistency and top-notch performance from many international players this week in NCAA D1 action! Beste Ayhan added another 15 kills and 14 blocks this weekend, rising to the 3rd spot overall for blocks in NCAA D1! 

Three players broke their personal records last week, raising the bar even higher. Firstly, Sevgi Koyuncu with a new season-high of 7 assists, Hande Yetis with a new season-high of 9 digs and Mila Ilieva with a new season-high of 13 kills! Not one but two double-doubles for Sabire Karacaova. The young student-athlete recorded 11 kills and 11 digs in the win against UC Riverside and 12 kills and 18 digs in the win against UC Davis!

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Bakodimou in the Top-8 for aces! Kathariou in the Top-10 blockers of NCAA! New personal record for Chounta! More double-doubles for Karakasi (#25 for assists in NCAA), Papazoglou, Anastasiadi and Stamatiou! Amazing 15-1 for Giourda’s Coastal Georgia!

Bakodimou in the Top 8

Bakodimou is not an expert in stamp collecting but … ace collecting! The Greek outside hitter entered the CAA conference adding 6 more (!) against UNC Wilmington and now is in the Top-8 of NCAA! Kathariou literally blocked Seton Hall, and now with a new record of kills and 5 more blocks she is in the Top-10 of America as a blocker! Last week, Iro Chounta broke her personal record not once, but twice! Firstly against Purdue Fort Wayne with 17 digs and then in the big win against IUPUI, Iro Chounta broke her record AGAIN with 19 digs! Another double-double for Elena Karakasi, Katerina Papazoglou and Marianna Anastasiadi with 42 assists-10 digs, 10 kills-10 digs and 16 assists-11 digs respectively! Chrysanthi Stamatiou recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs! Such a great start for Elena Giourda’s Coast Georgia having 15 wins in 16 matches and still remaining undefeated in home games!

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Beste in 8th place overall nationally, leads America East in total blocks! Tokman the CAA-Defensive player of the week! Bengi with the 300! New season high for Koyuncu! Topcicek with another double-double and Karacaova with the golden double 15!

Beste in 8th place

Beste Ayhan is rapidly rising among the best blockers in the entire NCAA D1! She sits at # 8 currently, leads the America East Conference in total blocks (66) and she is still in the top-3 players in hitting percentage (0.299)! With a new career high of 11 blocks, Damla Tokman was selected as the CAA-Defensive player of the week! Cagla Bengi surpassed the 300-assist milestone for her career in the match against  St.John’s. Sevgi Koyuncu broke last week’s season high with a new one of 31 digs in the big win against King! On September 25th, Sabire Karacaova recorded her first collegiate double-double of 15 kills and 15 digs and Doga Topcicek had another double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs! 

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Konstantina Pateli: “A Beautiful Journey and a Fantastic Experience”


1. How would you describe your experience in America while you had to combine high level education and sports?
I wouldn't change my experience in America for anything. It was the best choice I have ever made. In my eyes, the universities of America and in general the whole education system make it so much easier for the students to focus on school and homework. If I hadn’t gone abroad I for sure would have been just another college student in her sixth year, whereas by going to America I managed to graduate in four years with a degree in biology in one of the top fifty universities for sciences and engineering. The combination of studies and sports, something that I thought would be easy in my mind when I first got there, is obviously not. You spend a lot of your hours of the day in the gym, at practices, at the weight room, at rehab which are all very important in order to be able to play thirty or forty games within three and a half months. It doesn’t sound easy. Something that I liked is that in college teams really pay attention to grades. If you are not a good student you can’t play. For us it was, obviously, mandatory to have above 3.0 GPA and study hall sessions where the whole team would study together. It was a habit that became our routine and that’s how I learned to manage it but it was for sure not easy. 

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Official start of the conference games for the Internationals in the States! 2 double-doubles for Bakodimou and Karakasi! Hitting percentage through the roof for Mpampiri and Giourda!

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The preseason matches officially ended and now it is time for conference and hard work. One double-double is not enough for Bakodimou and Karakasi, so they decided to have two! The two Greeks are in a great rhythm  and will definitely do great things their senior year. Incredible stat results from Mpampiri and Giourda, always helping their teams positively!

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Not 1, not 2, but 3 double-doubles for Ucar! Yasar-Yilmaz what a great duo! Ozkan’s defense is keeping Iowa Western undefeated! More than 10 kills per match for Topcicek, Tokman, Karacaova and Ayhan!


Irem Ucar literally has no limits! Over the last week, the Turkish setter recorded a double-double in every single match! Yilmaz is digging, Yasar is setting and now Odessa has a 6 winning streak! Iowa Western has the perfect 7-0 and can only thank Ozkan for that! The young ds had 57 digs in only 3 matches! Topcicek, Tokman, Karacaova and Ayhan are killing every ball, recording 12, 11, 11 and 10 kills respectively in their last match!

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Bakodimou: CAA offensive player of the week! The double-doubles keep coming! Chounta, Charitonidi and Papageorgiou definitely know about digging! Greek civil war with Papazoglou and Bakodimou/Armoutsi

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Bakodimou was named the best offensive player of the week in her conference after her excellent performances against Lehigh και Temple! 6 Greek athletes added double-doubles last week to their CVs, continuing their excellent performances. In more detail:

- Efrosini Alexakou with 19 kills and 12 digs vs Rhode Island and 12 kills kai 12 digs vs Fordham
- Elena Karakasi with 46 assists and 10 digs vs Iowa State and 44 assists and 10 digs vs Ball State 

- Katerina Papazoglou with 10 kills and 13 digs vs Norfolk State
- Georgia Tselepi with 18 kills kai 11 digs vs UMBC
- Olga Zampati with 10 kills and 19 digs vs Howard
- Mariana Anastasiadi with 23 assists and 13 digs vs Berea College

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Irem Elmas All-NEC - Battle of the Turks at Seton Hall - Hofstra and UMBC - UTRGV - Ucar the assists-machine!

Irem Elmas All NEC

Irem Elmas is picking up from where she left off… The NJCAA national champion and All-American carries over to All-Conference honors this week as NEC Prime Performer!
Cinel’s and Tokman’s Hofstra University came across Cagla’s Seton Hall for the very first time this season. The Turkish natives had the opportunity to play against each other in the Fairfield Invitational. Cagla’s Pirates prevailed against Cinel's and Tokman’s Pride with a sweep.  Despite being a fresh new player for FAMU (after transferring from TCU), setter Irem Ucar is in great form and already broke her record of 29 assists with 41 assists! The sky’s the limit for both Irems this season!   

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