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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Cyprus Lead The Hunt For Gold

NICOSIA, 5 June 2009 - The Cyprus Menís Volleyball Team took a big stride towards winning the gold medal at the XIII Games of the Small State of Europe after a hard-fought victory over Andorra in Nicosia.

The hosts struggled to break down a resilient Andorran side and were thankful to take the maximum points as they head into the last game against Iceland knowing that victory over their Nordic opponents will give them the gold medal.

Andorra and Iceland are both on five points.

In the event that Cyprus, Andorra and Iceland all finish on equal points then the sets won by each team will be taken into consideration.

Αndorra took the first set 25-22 and they almost put Cyprus into deeper waters when they surged into a 23-21 lead in the latter stages of the second set. But Antonis Papadopoulosí men hit back to take the second set 25-23 but they again fell behind to Andorra in the third set only to fight back again late on to win the third set 25-19.

In the final set, Cyprus, who had Vladimir Knezevic, Angelos Alexiou and Nikos Kolas in fine form, upped their game to win 25-16 and the game.

Sets: 22-25, 25-23,25-19, 25-16.

CYPRUS: Eracleous (12 πόντοι), Alexiou (10), Kolas (10), Petrakidis (2), Masias, Papachristodoulou (libero), Knezevic (23), Apostolou (4), Michael (5), Pampakas (1), Chrysostomou (1).
ANDORRA: Marco (16), Altayo (12), Borrego (10), Paux (7), Garcia Hector (4), Garcia Javieri (libero), Olivera (6), Sousa (1), Le Marechal.

In the other menís game, San Marino easily beat Luxembourg 3-0 to secure their first win in the event. Luxembourg are bottom with four defeats in as many games.

Sets: 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.

Saturday will see the final round of the menís volleyball event with Andorra taking on San Marino at 12 :30 and Cyprus take on Iceland (14:30).

ΑΚ/JL

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