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Overview

The opening game of the Pool A in Krakow. Two years ago, at the EuroVolley 2019, Greece have returned after a ten-year-absence, finishing 16th. Up until now their best result was the bronze medal earned in 1987. The Ukrainian team, led by Ugis Krastins, will participate in the championship for the 6th time now and had won 13 matches of 31 played in total in Europe’s prime competition. In 2019 they were ranked 7th after losing 2-3 in quarterfinals to Serbia.

Pool A Preview: Poland and Serbia to fight for the top spot
  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Susana Maria RODRIGUEZ JATIVA
    ESP
    Second Referee
    Salvis KURTISS
    LAT
  • Venue Information
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    TAURON Arena Krakow has become a cultural, sports and business showcase of Krakow. It is the largest in Poland and one of the world’s most modern sport and entertainment venues. The venue consists of the Main Arena and the Small Hall. The possibility of any configuration of the audience, convenient facilities for athletes and performers, Europe’s largest LED screen installed on the façade, extensive multimedia and stage systems, as well as very good acoustic conditions of the facility, are the features that will meet the requirements for events of any scale and different nature. Capacity: 14978
  • How To Attend
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    Stanisława Lema 7, KRAKÓW, 31-571 Capacity: 14978

    TAURON Arena Kraków is located 4 km from the Main Market Square in Kraków, at Lema Street, between Al. Pokoju, Mogilska Street and al. Jana Pawła II, in XIV Czyżyny District. There are road signs all over the city showing the directions to TAURON Arena Kraków. The venue is well connected with the rest of the city. There are bus and tram stops in the nearby, taxi rank and the car park with over 1300 spaces. One can get to TAURON Arena Kraków by bike – the cycle routes connect the rest of the city. There are bicycle racks for over 200 bikes in front of the building. Get directions

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Team

Team Profile
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GREECE

Address

OAKA, Athens Olympic Aquatics Center - Spyros Louis Avenue MAROUSSI

Contacts

phone +30 2106 80 19 99 email hellas@volleyball.gr
Team Leaders
Team Schedule

Previous Games

08/09/2021 vs. 1 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
07/09/2021 vs. 2 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
05/09/2021 vs. 1 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 23
    Competitions Played
  • 0
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 11
    Matches Played
  • 5
    Matches Won
  • 45%
    Win %
  • 21
    Sets Won
  • 899
    Points Won
  • 48%
    Attack %
  • 49%
    Reception %

Team

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7
PETREAS Georgios
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 11/19/1986
  • Birth Place: Kalamata
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 92 kg
1
ZISIS Dimitrios
Libero
  • Birth Date: 4/2/1994
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight: 72 kg
2
PAPALEXIOU Georgios
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 8/28/1999
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 82 kg
3
ZOUPANI Nikos
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 3/18/1989
  • Height: 202 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
6
STIVACHTIS Konstantinos
Setter
  • Birth Date: 5/22/1980
  • Height: 186 cm
  • Weight: 80 kg
9
KOKKINAKIS Menelaos
Libero
  • Birth Date: 1/21/1993
  • Birth Place: GREECE (Athens)
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 79 kg
10
KOUMENTAKIS Rafail
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 5/5/1993
  • Birth Place: GREECE
  • Height: 203 cm
  • Weight: 84 kg
11
KASAMPALIS Stavros
Setter
  • Birth Date: 6/1/1995
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 86 kg
12
VOULKIDIS Theodoros
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 3/30/1996
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
13
ANDREOPOULOS Charalampos
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/23/2001
  • Height: 188 cm
  • Weight: 76 kg
15
RAPTIS Alexandros
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 2/16/2000
  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 78 kg
19
MOUCHLIAS Dimitrios
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 5/17/2001
  • Height: 199 cm
  • Weight: 71 kg
22
LINARDOS Dimosthenis
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 2/14/1997
  • Height: 201 cm
  • Weight: 88 kg
77
PROTOPSALTIS Athanasios
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 9/12/1993
  • Birth Place: Lemessos
  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 73 kg

Staff

Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach 2
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Recent Results

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GREECE

Overview

UKRAINE

Player Statistics

Match Report

Ukraine fight back and dominate tie-break for opening day win

Article 2 September 2021

The opening match of Pool A in the men’s European Championship finished with a tie-break victory for team Ukraine, who fought till the end against Greece.  The match went to form as the Greeks ended the 2019 championship in 16th place, while Ukraine was positioned seventh.

The beginning of the first set was really tied (5:5) and without doubts the one of the brightest starts of team Hellas was the 28-years-old outside spiker Athanasios Protopsaltis, who scored ten points in total just in the first part of the game. His impressive performance helped Greece to build a four points tactical advantage (17-13), and then finally to win in the opening set to 22 points.

In the second set it was also the team of Dimitrios Andreopoulos who took the lead initially, but the Ukrainian players not only made it a tie really fast (10:10), but in the end also won the second set after a challenge, which proved that the ball was in of the serve of Dmytro Viietskyi (26-24).

Third part of the game was the show of Greece’s spiking and blocking power. Even though the Ukrainian team dragged the match back level (16-16), the final stage of the set was fully dominated by the Hellas, who won 25-22.

The players of Ugis Kastins were really determined to stay in the game, so they started to play really hard in the serving field, scoring three aces in this period (12-7), the fourth set was as well the show of the team’s captain Oleh Plotnytskyi, who became the best scorer of his team in the end with 24 points.

The tie-break was absolutely dominated by Ukraine straight from the beginning, who immediately secured a significant advantage (8-2) and kept it easily to the end of the opening game 15-6.

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"The first game is always nervous and really difficult for us. Greece played good and we started slowly, sometimes not believing in ourselves, but later we found our game and we improved our defence, block, attack, serve - all elements. It was a good game for us ahead of tomorrow, when we will face Serbia. Tomorrow we have to start play immediately our volleyball."

Oleh Plotnytskyi
captain of Ukraine

"We expected a good fight. We are a young and new team, so for us it's very important to play games like this. We fought well against a very strong opponent, but unfortunately in the fifth set we didn't have luck, it was a bad moment for our team. We had three young players from the U22 team on the court and they played very well, so it's very promising for our team. Obviously, winning these two sets was also very important for us."

Athanasios Protopsaltis
outside hitter of Greece

The match in numbers

156
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

136
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

549
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

254
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

50%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

9-10
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of GREECE compared to UKRAINE.

3-11
Ace Count

GREECE number of service aces compared to UKRAINE

68-60
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of GREECE, next to those from UKRAINE