National men’s volleyball team to play in Britain

A refreshed national men’s volleyball squad has arrived in Sheffield in the United Kingdom for the third round of European League games. Sitting in the second spot in the table, three points behind the Netherlands and level on points with Slovakia, Greece will play Slovakia tonight, then Portugal tomorrow and hosts Great Bri-tain on Sunday. Portugal and Great Britain are at the foot of the five-team table with three points. Coach Alekos Leonis has given leave to Nikos Roumeliotis, Nikos Smaragdis, Stelios Nikiforidis and Evgenios Gortsaniuk, inviting instead four new players, all aged between 18 and 20 years. These are Dimitris Finos of Eginio, Panayiotis Pelekoudas of Panachaiki, Dimitris Hatziliadis of PAOK and Pavlos Kouzounis of Olympiakos. The other players of the squad are Dimitris Djuric, So-tiris Tsergas, Nikos Angelo-poulos, Theoklitos Karypidis, Gerasimos Ka-nellos, Nikos Karayiannis, Achilleas Papadimitriou and Andreas Frangos. Separately, unconfirmed reports suggested yesterday that French veteran player Frantz Granvorka will join cup-winners Panathinaikos.