SPORTS

Filipov sets Olympiakos on winning course

Olympiakos defeated Iraklis on February 7 in Thessaloniki and is now back with a good chance for the top spot in the regular season.

The Reds thrashed the hosts 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 27-25), with their setter Dima Filipov emerging as the Most Valuable Player of this 14th round of games. The result took Olympiakos up to second place, one point behind Iraklis.

Panathinaikos is now joint second, level on points with Olympiakos but having lost to the Reds, after beating Aris 3-2 at home on February 6.

The Greens came back from 2-1 down (25-19, 27-29, 23-25) and were dominant in the last couple of sets (25-11, 15-11) to take two points despite their numerous absentees.

PAOK moved back into the top four of the standings, downing depleted EA Patras 3-1 at home (18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-20).

In one of the most entertaining games of the weekend, Lamia edged out Kifissia 3-2 on February 5 (22-25, 25-22, 30-32, 25-23, 15-9).

The other match that went to a tiebreak was that between Ethnikos Alexandroupolis and Apollon Kalamarias, with the host winning 3-2 (24-26, 25-18, 21-25, 25-11, 15-11).

Epikouros bagged an important away win over bottom-rung club Panellinios in the first game with coach Giorgos Pertsianlis on the bench, replacing Costas Charitonidis. The Polichni team won 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-16).