Panathinaikos have turned things around in their favour at the top of the A1 division after their 3-0 thrashing of hitherto unbeaten Iraklis in Thessaloniki on Monday.
The Greens are constantly improving since the start of the league and produced their best show this season to date, clearly boosted by the first full game of French international outside hitter Guillaume Samica after his injury.
Iraklis led for most of the first set, up to 22-19, when a Panathinaikos rally brought them on level terms and managed to win the set 26-24.
In the second set, when Panathinaikos took a two-point lead (19-17) they never looked back and won it 25-23, while the third was an easier proposition for the visitors at Mikra, wrapping it up 25-21.
The result now has Panathinaikos and Iraklis tied at the top with 17 points, although Panathinaikos hold the first place due to their win over Iraklis.
Olympiakos are now within just two points from the top after their rather comfortable 3-1 win over PAOK at home on Saturday.
EA Patras stayed fourth with their hard-fought 3-1 away win at Foinikas Syrou on Friday.
AEK moved up to fifth through their five-set victory over visiting Lamia, leaving PAOK in sixth.
Kifissia scored a precious away win upsetting Aris 3-1 at Thessaloniki, with the hosts paying once again the price for Nikos Roumeliotis's injury.
Finally, Apollon Kalamarias nicked a point off Panellinios, with the Kypseli side winning by just 3-2 at home on Saturday.
Foinikas Syrou 1 EA Patras 3 (15-25, 25-19, 22-25, 22-25)
AEK 3 Lamia 2 (21-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 15-10)
Panellinios 3 Apollon Kalamarias 2 (25-22, 22-25, 30-28, 19-25, 15-10)
Aris 1 Kifissia 3 (25-17, 22-25, 27-29, 18-25)
Olympiakos 3 PAOK 1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-13, 25-19)
Iraklis 0 Panathinaikos 3 (24-26, 23-25, 21-25)
Standings (after 7 games): Panathinaikos 17, Iraklis 17, Olympiakos 15, EA Patras 14, AEK 12, PAOK 10, Panellinios 9, Lamia 8, Aris 8, Apollon Kalamarias 7, Kifissia 7, Foinikas Syrou 2.
Struggling Kifissia forced Iraklis to drop their first point at the Greek volleyball league on Saturday, with the leaders winning by just 3-2 in the Northern Athens suburb.
The hosts took the first set but fell behind 2-1 until they went back level thanks to a dramatic 38-36 win in the fourth set. Yet eventually Iraklis took two points from the match with a 15-12 tie-break win.
This has allowed Panathinaikos in second to close the gap from the top to three points thanks to an easy 3-0 home win over bottom side Foinikas Syrou on Sunday.
Champion Olympiakos, in third, thrashed host Apollon Kalamarias 3-0 on Friday to stay two points behind Panathinaikos, while EA Patras are a further point behind after their home victory over Panellinios (3-1).
Patras's Spanish outside hitter Israel Rodriguez was voted the most valuable player of the weekend's round of games.
In the other games played on Saturday, AEK upset PAOK at Thessaloniki to win 3-1 and catch up with their opponents at the fifth spot of the table, while Lamia dismissed visiting Aris 3-0. The Thessaloniki side clearly missed injured Nikos Roumeliotis who had previously helped the side climb as high as the second spot earlier this season.
Apollon Kalamarias 0 Olympiakos 3 (25-27, 18-25, 12-25)
PAOK 1 AEK 3 (21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25)
Kifissia 2 Iraklis 3 (25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 38-36, 12-15)
EA Patras 3 Panellinios 1 (25-18, 18-25, 27-25, 25-20)
Lamia 3 Aris 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21)
Panathinaikos 3 Foinikas Syrou 0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-17)
Standings: Iraklis 17, Panathinaikos 14, Olympiakos 12, EA Patras 11, PAOK 10, AEK 10, Aris 8, Lamia 7, Panellinios 7, Apollon K. 6, Kifissia 4, Foinikas 2.
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