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Women’s volleyball acquires big names

Volleyball clubs are not just spending to bring in famous players such as Ivan Miljkovic (Olympiakos), Boyan Yordanov (EA Patras) and Andrija Geric (Panathinaikos) for the men’s teams. This summer they have also invested good money in strengthening their women’s teams as well, signing major names in European volleyball. The two biggest names in women’s volleyball to arrive in Greece for the new league to begin this fall are Serb Sanja Tomasevic (pictured above) and Italian Manuela Secolo. Tomasevic, a 28-year-old outside hitter, has signed with Panathinaikos. The Serb international was in Beijing last month for the Olympic Games and is now preparing to don the Greek champions’ jersey. Secolo is also an outside hitter who signed with Olympiakos. She has 76 caps to her name with Italy and, like Tomasevic, participated in the Beijing Olympics. After arriving in Athens on Monday afternoon Secolo stated her wish that the Piraeus club do the double this year in Greece. The new women’s league is therefore expected to be very competitive, after a dramatic climax last season which saw Panathinaikos win the title in the playoff final, beating Olympiakos 3-2 after coming back from 0-2 down. Fans’ interest is already increasing, with clubs reporting an increase in season ticket sales.