Qualification by Mariota ANGELOPOULOU and Manolina
KONSTANTINOU to the Women's Beach Volleyball tournament Final is
the Cyprus delegation's biggest achievement so far in the II
Mediterranean Beach Games "Patras 2019".
Moreover, it is the country's only second participation in a Mediterranean Beach Games Final after the silver medal won by the Men's Beach Handball team in Pescara in 2015.
The duo is coached by Evangelos KOUTOULEAS, a man that as played a decisive part in all Cyprus Beach Volleyball achievements, but the two "kores" (as Cypriots tenderly call girls, after those ancient statues representing young women) also carry a heavy sports and educational tradition from their families.
They competed together for the first time in the Games of the Small States of Europe held in 2011 in Liechtenstein, where they won the gld medal.
ANGELOPOULOU, 27, and KONSTANTINOU, 26, form the top pair in Cyprus Beach Volleyball, the former hailing from both Greece and Cyprus.
The hometown of her father Antonios ANGELOPOULOS is Patras, where he used to be the Achaia Chief of Police, while her mother, Ifigeneia SOFOKLEOUS, is from Pafos, Cyprus, and is a school teacher in the Aghios Dimitrios municipality of the Athens region.
" Have always dreamt of playing in a major event Final. My
wish has been granted, and in my dad's hometown as well. The whole
family is on my side and I am overjoyed to make them proud. Many
thanks to my partner Manolina, we will give our best to win the
gold medal for both Cyprus and Greece," says ANGELOPOULOU, who is a
Law Schol graduate with a doctorate degree in Business
Her younger brother Vassilis, 25, is a Physical Education graduate, and at this moment he is back to school to earn his UEFA Level III soccer coaching degree.
"We are very proud of Mariota, but also of Manolina, as we love her like our own daughter. They have worked hard, intentionally missing out on other things, but always achieve their goals. I am very happy to see them in the Final, no matter if we applaud them in both good and bad times," Mariota's mother Ifigeneia says.
ANGELOPOULOU was born on January 31st, 1992, and has been representing Cyprus since 2009. Lately she was negotiating with a Patras team to go on with her career in Indoor Volleyball, playing as an Outside Hitter and a Libero, and could agree to a deal in the next few days.
Manolina KONSTANTINOU was born on April 10th, 1993, grew
up in Limassol in a sports-loving family dedicated to Volleyball,
and has played in Greece for Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Iraklis
Kifissia, Ilioupoli and lately Thetis Voulas, where she is one of
the team's leaders.
Her mother, Roula KATSIAMPI, was one of the top Volleyball players in Cyprus history, and has also won two Greek Championships while playing for Panathinaikos between 1984 and 1986.
In total, she has won 12 titles as a player and later as a coach in SC Limassol.
Manolina's father, Antonios KONSTANTINOU, is the Pafiakos SC Volleyball coach, where her older sister, 32-year-old Despina, plays as a Setter.