PAO draws first blood in volleyball derby

The first big game of the volleyball league season ended with Panathinaikos triumphing over eternal rival Olympiakos 1-3 in Piraeus on Saturday. Serb star Ivan Miljkovic was not enough for Olympiakos against a well-prepared team coached by Alekos Leonis, who had Liberman Agamez in great form. The Greens came from behind in each of the first two sets to win both with 26-28 and 23-25. The hosts pulled a set back (25-19) but Panathinaikos was far better in the fourth set and, despite the injury to blocker Andreas Andreadis, it won 20-25. In the other games of the league’s opening round, champion Iraklis had no problems beating local rival Aris 0-3 away, while the other Thessaloniki derby between Apollon Kalamarias and PAOK saw the newly promoted hosts win 3-2. The other new boys in the division, Phinikas Syrou scored their first ever win in the top flight, upsetting hosts Lamia 1-3. Milon outplayed visiting Kifissia after the first set to win 3-1 in Nea Smyrni, while EA Patras beat Ethnikos with an emphatic 0-3 in Alexandroupolis.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.