Easy task for Greece, Bosnia is defeated in straight sets

Greece qualified this afternoon for the next round of the European Qualification to the 2012 Olympics in London after another comfortable win – the second in less than 24 hours – against the guests from Bosnia & Herzegovina. This time the hosts scored a speedy 3:0 (25-18, 25-18, and 25-12) to round out their perfect weekend in Trikala.
Greece’s head coach Alekos Leonis slightly modified his starting six with Nikolaos Smaragdis joining the game for Panagiotis Pelekoudas. With his long experience, middle blocker Smaragdis helped pretty much the home side and set the tempo of the game together with captain Nikolaos Roumeliotis, top scorer in the end with 16 points.
As Bosnia & Herzegovina attempted a comeback in the opening set, Roumeliotis scored some crucial points to seal the provisional 1:0. Greece was well assisted also by the aces of Andreas Fragkos, the good command of setter Konstantinos Prousalis and the solid defense of their two liberos, Achilleas Papadimitriou and Georgios Stefanou. An extra boost resulted from the massive audience in Trikala, with more than 2,000 people in attendance.
“We really deserved these two wins and we are happy that we’ll continue our campaign in November” said head coach Leonis. “Many thanks to the crowd, they were amazing. We hope we’ll come back to Trikala very soon”.
“Today we played even better than yesterday and did not leave a chance to our opponents” added captain Roumeliotis.
“I regret we could not play well and Greece fully deserved the ticket for the next round” commented Bosnian head coach Nikola Matijasevic.
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