Professional volleyballer Julian Bissette is set to miss at least one game in the Greek Volleyleague, against Olympiakos.
The 23-year-old middle blocker is headed to Mexico to represent Saint Lucia in beach volleyball at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
But he will be leaving on a high, after helping his Greek team, MENT, earn their first win last weekend.
MENT – newly promoted to Division 1 this season – beat Lamia 3-1 (25-16, 25-27, 25-23, 25-23) on Saturday, their first victory in 3 League matches.
The Babonneau import was impressive on the night, earning Most Valuable Player honours after leading MENT with 11 points, including five blocks and six kills.
He was also named in the Team Of The Week, the only MENT player so honoured.
MENT coach, Spirou Gkolitsis, said the result “vindicates the work and fighting spirit of my team.
Congratulations to my players. We could have won 3-0 but there were some errors in the finale of the second set by us and by the referees.
Still, we kept our composure and our tactics against a good team that pushed us. We wanted to show the world our value.
We drove the game where we wanted, we avoided the American libero and we set up our blocks well. We now face a difficult fight with Pamvochaiko, it’s hard to go there and win.”
For Julian, Saturday’s game demonstrated his growing value to the team. He says the game against Olympiakos is a tough one to miss, but he is looking forward to getting back into action upon his return. “Olympiakos will be a difficult game for my club to win,” he explains.
“I have to rush to fly back from Mexico in time to play Aris and PAOK. We need to build on this win over Lamia. Hopefully it’s the start of good things for us this season.”