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Reds avenge defeat to PAOK

Champion Olympiakos beat PAOK 3-0 at Thessaloniki on January 23 to move into the volleyball table?s top four for the first time since the start of the season.

The Reds? emphatic win confirmed they are on their way up, with coach Yiannis Kalmazidis faring better than the coach he was assistant to (Flavio Gulinelli) until a few weeks ago.

Olympiakos avenged its defeat at home to PAOK in October and won 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 to move up to joint third, six points behind leader Iraklis.

The Thessaloniki club dropped the first set on January 22 at Lamia but then went on to stroll to a 3-1 victory (23-25, 25-13, 25-17, 25-20).

Four points behind Iraklis lies Panathinaikos, which had no problems at home with Apollon Kalamarias. The Greens won 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-17).

EA Patras is two points further adrift after overcoming the weak resistance of relegation-threatened Panellinios with a 3-0 score (25-14, 25-19, 25-19) in Athens.

Aris defeated Epikouros 3-1 at Polichni (25-20, 20-25, 26-24, 26-24), but the most entertaining match was that between Ethnikos Alexandroupolis and Kifissia. Ethnikos won 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 21-19) to move away from the drop zone.