Greece keep perfect record intact with sweep of Puerto Rico


Andreas Andreadis of Greece attacks against the triple block of Puerto Rico in Kozani.

Kozani, Greece, June 19, 2016 - An enthusiastic partisan crowd inspired Greece to score their second win in Group 3 of the FIVB World League in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-19) sweep over Puerto Rico.

The win allows Greece to retain a perfect record and stay at the top of the Group 3 standings. Greece overwhelmed Puerto Rico all around, 6 aces to 4, 7 kill blocks to 4 and 59% to 49% in attack, as well as a vastly superior reception. Despite sitting out the third set, Djuric was top scorer of the game with 12 points (including a 67% kill rate), Giorgos Petreas and Rafail Koumentakis added another 10 each. Steven Morales was Puerto Rico's best scorer with 10 points.

Greece took the early 8-5 lead, kept for 10-7 with a few attacks of Tzourits. The run smoothly changes into a 16-9 lead at the second TTO and Greece continued in this manner until claiming the set 25-16.

Puerto Rico tried to react in the second set, staying very close and taking the first lead at 18-16. Greece broke away scoring three times in a row and despite Puerto Rico's tries to stay close, their own mistakes gave Greece the second set 25-22.

Greece coach Sotiris Drikos pulled out captain Mitar Djuric and Andreas Frangos in the third set, but Thanassis Protopsaltis and Akis Aspiotis who came on brought even more grief to the Caribbean side, taking similar lead at 10-7. Puerto Rico kicked back to go 14-13 ahead, but Greece was again on top at the second TTO. The margin was increased to 20-15 by blocking Andreadis and his team managed to build up the difference to 24-17. It took Greece two match points to wrap up at 25-19. 


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