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PAOK – Olympiakos 3:0: The Big Head won the derby, the red and white played with many changes

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PAOK won 3-0 in a set against Olympiakos, who started the match with many substitutions. The final regular season standings in the men’s volleyball league.

The match between PAOK and Olympiakos was a prestige match from the start as the final score of the regular season in men’s volleyball league didn’t change.

Dikephalos won 3-0 sets against the Red-Whites, who were playing with all their substitutes, giving them time to continue.

The match: Giuliani’s many changes meant that Olympiacos lacked rhythm early in the game. This was exploited by PAOK, who got away early, with the difference soon turning into double digits.

It is characteristic that Dikephalos even reached +15 and finally finished the first set with 25-11 to 1-0.


The rest of the game presented a completely different picture. Olympiacos had found a rhythm and were more competitive. The Red and White team stayed close to goal for most of the second set, but in the end Dikefalos escaped to win 25-18.


In the third set, PAOK managed to escape earlier in the score but Olympiacos fought back and managed to reduce the score to one point (19-18). However, Milenkoski’s players found a way to end the game by winning the third set 25-18.

PAOK – Olympiacos 3-0

The sentences: 25-11, 25-18, 25-22

PAOK: Walls, Dan Dries, Raptis, Giorna, Skrentau, Voulkidis and Libero Kokkinakis

Olympic: Dalakouras, Komitoudis, Papagelopoulos, Chandrinos, Zoupanis, Linardos and Koltsiakis as libero.


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Raptis and Milenkoski supporters gave the title to PAOK

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Kostas Holidis writes about the great performance of Alexandros Raptis, who however had the valuable help of his teammates to lead PAOK to the title against Olympiakos.

PAOK lifted their fifth trophy in their history on Saturday night after beating Olympiakos 3-1 in an impressive final.

However, Dikefalos took that particular trophy, and whoever wins it later in the year, well before that. When Josko Milenkoski was ready to leave, the team management decided to support him and the result justifies it.

Since then, PAOK have steadily improved and confirmed in Kalamata that they are the best team in Greece this season.

The Tailor’s Rhapsody

We couldn’t start the finale’s commentary from anything other than MVP. Last summer, Alexandros Raptis left Panathinaikos for PAOK.


The reason; To find a stable and important role in a team that is aiming for the title. At the age of 23, Alexandros Raptis performed like a dream.

He held the slot, attacked with 76% spatiality (25/33 attacks with just one miss) and three aces. What more could Milenkoski ask of his winger, who stopped at 28 points.

The team turned the tables

As the MVP, Alexandros Raptis said in his statements, the whole team had to do a lot of work for him to make this appearance.

In particular, Kokkinakis and Giorna swept the back zone, Walsh did an excellent job splitting the game after the first set, Skrentau and Voulkidis helped with blocking and attacking, while Den Dries’ contribution was also important.

The stats might say that the Belgian had 30% attacking with 12/40, but he helped with his serves as well as his blocks (4).

Everyone worked to ensure PAOK could turn the tide of the first set and claim the title.

The decisive point of the final

The final was undoubtedly decided in the second half of the third set. Olympiacos entered first 17-13, but the rest belonged entirely to PAOK.


Dikephalos managed to run away 12-4 at this point, with Dan Dries and Rapti doing an excellent job on offense. A pressing serve and an excellent block defense led PAOK to surprise.

PAOK essentially confirmed the image it had shown us in the game series against Panathinaikos, playing excellently and having many protagonists.

Shorted from Travica, low flying from Hidalgo

Now we come to the defeated Olympiakos. Giuliani’s players traveled to Kalamata in high spirits, just as they did after qualifying against Panathinaikos in the Challenge Cup semifinals.

However, in the final against PAOK, only in the first set did they show the image we’ve been accustomed to seeing them for the last month or so. In the third shot on goal, they simply took advantage of Dikefalos’ many mistakes, but also their excellent block.

But what was the big problem of Olympiacos? The main thing was that it clouded Travis’ mind. The big passer saw that Stern was having a good day (Slovene had 17/37 attacks) and attacked him.

In fact, he overwhelmed him as he took more balls than Pagenk (11), Koumentakis (15) and Linardos (7) combined. At the same time, Hidalgo appeared to be fully read by the PAOK block, breaking many balls in his attacks, with the Cuban counting disappointing 8/26 attacks.

Both titles the next day

The Cup Final Four concluded as PAOK received a huge psychological injection for the sequel. Dikefalos and Olympiacos are likely to be the couple in the championship final.

Both lead 2-0 each against Panathinaikos and Milos, so they only need one win to clinch the title, with Olympiakos having the home field advantage.

At the same time, we must not forget that the Red-Whites also have the League Cup final with Panathinaikos, which may have less prestige, but especially when the Greens are no longer fighting for the championship, they will want it more.

Anyway, for about 45 more days we will watch great duels in men’s and women’s volleyball.

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Kokkinakis: ‘We had a hard time, we got a big trophy’

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Kokkinakis, in his testimony after PAOK won the cup, referred to the difficulties his team had endured during the season.

PAOK defeated Olympiakos 3-1 to win the Greek Cup. This is the seventh trophy in the institution for Kokkinakis, who spoke about Dikephalos’ troubles this year.

The statements of Kokkinakis:

“It’s the seventh trophy for me. I’m proud and happy for my team. We had a difficult time, we didn’t play the volleyball we wanted, we didn’t give up.

We got a big trophy, well deserved. We played hard as a team. That is the most pleasant, the most touching. That’s what all athletes live for. I’m glad God deserved that I won seven trophies. Congratulations to Olympiakos for the European Championship. He needs it, he wants it.

We have achieved something big with PAOK. We don’t have time to party, that’s professionalism. The team didn’t start well. You know how it is in Greece. Everyone is in a hurry. We believed in our abilities. But we have it, so I’ll remember it.”

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Giuliani: “PAOK played very well, they are in excellent form”

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Olympiacos coach Alberto Giuliani argued after the conclusion of the cup final against PAOK that Thessaloniki side are in excellent form and won fairly.

Olympiacos coach Alberto Giuliani congratulated the Thessaloniki team on winning the title after the cup final against PAOK, arguing that PAOK are having an excellent season.

Characteristically, the Italian technician emphasized:

“PAOK played very well during the game, we suffered a lot. I think the counterattack made the difference. PAOK was good at the rallies that were in the game. They played well. There is a team in form in every period .This is the moment of PAOK who is in great shape now.

Now we must come back. Let’s quickly finish the semi-finals of the championship with Milos and have time to prepare for the final.”

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