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Saturday, March 27, 2010

 Panathinaikos won the first trophy of the season defeating Olympiakos 3-2 in a memorable Greek Cup final on Saturday at Paleo Faliro.

 

In front of a capacity crowd consisting of schoolchildren, athletes and women to avoid any violence, Panathinaikos won the trophy in exactly the same way and circumstances they had lost it last year.

 

Olympiakos took the first set 25-20, with Panathinaikos answering 25-22. Again Olympiakos took the lead with a 25-22 win in the third set, only for Panathinaikos to take the match to a tie-break landing the fourth set 25-23.

 

In the tie-break Olympiakos had three match-points at 14-13, 15-14 and 16-15, but Panathinaikos once again fought back, led by an impressive Liberman Agamez and skipper Sotiris Pantaleon to take the final set 18-16.

 

Agamez, scorer of 29 points for Panathinaikos, was voted the final's Most Valuable Player.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lamia volleyball clubEA Patras suffered a huge upset in the first round of the play-offs as they lost 3-2 at home to a strong Lamia on Wednesday, while other favourites scored easy home wins.

The result means that the regular season's runners-up are at risk of going out of the title chase with a loss at Lamia on Sunday in Game 2 of the best-of-three series.

Lamia took the first two sets 25-22 and 25-20 against an EAP that were a shadow of the side that had even challenged Panathinaikos for the top spot of the regular season.

The Peloponnesian side did bounce back to win the next couple of sets 25-15 and 26-24, but Lamia won the tie-break 16-14 to complete their upset amid strong protests by Patras for some refereeing decisions.

All other favourites secured 3-0 victories to edge closer to the semifinals of the league.

Panathinaikos had a rather hard job beating PAOK at home as the Thessaloniki side posed a strong resistance to the Greens in the first and third sets (27-25, 25-17, 25-23).

Olympiakos were completely dominant over Panellinios, winning 25-21, 25-17, 25-21 and proving they are ready for the Greek Cup final scheduled for this Saturday, March 27 against Panathinaikos at the Faliro Sports Hall.

Finally, Iraklis beat cross-town rivals Aris 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 to dismiss fears of a slump in their performance. Game 2 of this series will take place on Monday.

Greens, Reds to contest another final
They beat their semifinal opponents
Five cups in a row for PAO women
Greens down Olympiakos in final
One-year European ban for Iraklis
Fan riots cost Thessaloniki side dearly
Iraklis in the Champions League final
Olympiakos win Greek Cup
Iraklis dream of another Euro final
Champions enter Final-Four in Prague
Women lift Panathinaikos's 500th trophy
Greens beat Iraklis in cup final
Iraklis and PAO reach cup final
Greens thrash Olympiakos 3-0
Careful planning for women's Final-Four
Cup showcase staged on Syros
Only children will attend the final
Federation decides to hold the match in Athens
Volleyball final off due to clashes
Panathinaikos refuse to start match

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