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Euro losses for national team

The men’s national team was unable to extend its series of victories in the European League as it lost twice to the Netherlands away on June 4 and 5.

After winning both games in Austria a week earlier, Greece produced one competitive and one disappointing performance in Groningen, losing 3-2 and 3-0 respectively.

In the first game on June 4 the renewed national team under the guidance of coach Alekos Leonis and assistant Sotiris Drikos took the match to a tiebreak, eventually going down 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11, to take its point tally to seven in the competition.

A day later, however, Greece was not as competitive, particularly in the first couple of sets, and finally went down 25-11, 25-19, 27-25 to an improved Dutch team.

The only gain for the Greek squad from this match was the performance of 18-year-old Menelaos Kokkinakis, who in his debut showed he has much to offer the national game.

The next round of games for Greece is against Spain in the town of Pyrgos, in the Peloponnese, on June 11 and 12.