SPORTS

PAO joins Iraklis on top of table

Panathinaikos moved to joint top of the A1 table with Iraklis, as the Thessaloniki side dropped a point at home to EA Patras on February 19, while Olympiakos scraped through Lamia in the tie-break a day later.

Panathinaikos had no problems against all-but-relegated Panellinios, scoring an easy 3-0 win (25-16, 25-18, 25-16) to maintain realistic hopes of clinching the top spot of the regular season.

Iraklis and EA Patras played a balanced game that ended 3-2 in favor of the hosts (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-12), but Iraklis should have clinched all three points had it not made one mistake after another at the end of the fourth set.

Lamia led Olympiakos 2-1 sets (27-25, 23-25, 25-20) at home, but the Reds came back to clinch victory with a 3-2 score landing the last couple of sets 28-26, 15-13, in a match that lasted two hours and 17 minutes.

PAOK saw off neighboring Epikouros Polichnis 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20), while Ethnikos Alexandroupolis took a big step towards staying up, defeating visiting Aris 3-0 (28-26, 26-24, 25-23).

On February 21, Kifissia played its seventh consecutive tie-break, beating Apollon Kalamarias 3-2 at home (25-19, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13).

Meanwhile, the volleyball federation confirmed on February 18 the appointment of Alekos Leonis to the post of the coach of the men’s national team.