PAO wins in Serbia but Iraklis loses

Panathinaikos began its challenge for volleyball’s European Champions League with a 3-1 win in Serbia over Vojvodina. The Greens stormed into the match winning the first set 16-25, but were troubled by their hosts’ serve in the second, eventually losing it 27-25. The Novi Sad team came out strong in the third set too, but Panathinaikos fought back to win it 24-26, before taking the final set 19-25. Iraklis suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to France’s Cannes after a rather flat performance in Thessaloniki. The Greek champions only posed a threat to the French in the second set, but to no avail. The sets were 16-25, 25-27 and 22-25.