The greatest upset of the 2019 college volleyball post-season took place in the second semi-final of the Big-East Conference Tournament. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s new hometown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, proved to be good luck for the Greek student-athletes of St. John’s, who went above and beyond and won in straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 26-24) against AVCA’s #10-ranked Creighton University. This win is underscored by the following points about Creighton’s value as a volleyball program:
In Ancient Greek Mythology Athina was the Goddess of Wisdom... and War. And in true Greek fashion, Athina Dimitriadis embodies the best of both intellect and athletic competition!
Athina Dimitriadis is a truly cosmopolitan girl, a citizen of the world, with a fascinating life story. Born to a German mom and Greek dad, she grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece, and attended the German School in the second largest city of Greece, broadly known as a melting pot of cultures and rich history.
Traveling around the world to play volleyball has become almost a family affair for Marija Tomasevic, a sophomore outside hitter on Towson University’s women’s volleyball team.
She was inspired to leave Serbia for the opportunity to play by her two older sisters, both of whom played at a professional level internationally.
Elena Baka talks about volleyball, but also about what universities in the US ask from their student-athletes.
At the age of only 17 she made the big decision to move to the US and pursue her academic and athletic career in a good university.
An unstoppable force, the Greek outside hitter led St. John’s in a historic win against #14 Oregon, with 28 kills in 50 total attacks and a .460 hitting percentage, 30.5 points, 7 digs, 3 blocks, 2 assists and a serve ace. That was a career-high for her in the US as a member of Saint John’s University volleyball team. St John’s won 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22).
Interview with Nafsika Papavassiliou, who is excelling at the NAIA collegiate level with Lindsey Wilson College
Leaving your home, your country, friends and family in order to try your luck in another country, thousands of miles away, is a very difficult decision.
Eleven new female student-athletes will be competing in collegiate volleyball in the United States, and the total number of Greek women’s volleyball student-athletes rises to 29.
The women's volleyball championships start this week in the US, and so do the dreams of thousands of girls for a new life on a personal, educational, sport and professional level.
Cynthia Ezeja talks about her difficult childhood, basketball and the American dream…
She could easily be characterized as the female Antetokounmpo, obviously not comparing her basketball career to that of this year’s NBA MVP, but it is clear that their route to success can be described as eerily similar. Nigeria, hard times as a child, basketball, the Greek National Team and the United States. Five common threads of their life.
The 18-year-old outside hitter signed to pursue her academic and athletic collegiate career at the University of Villanova
Another athlete will represent Greek volleyball in the States in the upcoming years and will make her dream come true.