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TV Ingersoll Bühl wins inaugural South Aegean International Tournament

The tournament will become a regular fixture for volleyball in Greece as well as for the local sports family from the island of Syros.

Syros, Greece, October 1, 2013 - The first edition of the South Aegean International Tournament held this past week in Syros came to a close with TV Ingersoll Bühl of Germany winning the trophy as hosts Foinikas Syros settled for second place.

Photos and videos of the tournament were circulated in Germany, Bulgaria and Egypt, to help promote this beautiful corner of the Aegean Sea. To express their gratitude for the warm hospitality they enjoyed this past weekend, the officials of TV Ingersoll invited Foinikas Syros and its chairman George Vlachogiannis to Germany for some friendly matches that will take place this December in Baden-Baden.

A similar proposal was put forward by CVC Gabrovo, the team from Bulgaria that also starred in the first edition of the tournament held at the D. Vikelas sports hall with many inhabitants of Syros in attendance. Once the situation in Egypt improves, Foinikas will be invited to travel to Alexandria to visit the club of Smouha, the fourth team that took part in the tournament.  

Germany’s TV Ingersoll Bühl – a team that is set to debut this year in the European Cup – claimed all of their matches in the tournament defeating hosts Foinikas Syros 3-2 (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 18-25, 15-13) on the second day of the competition before routing Smouha of Egypt in the last round of action.  

“Against all odds we are very happy for we have been able to stage the inaugural edition of this tournament in the Aegean area,” said the Chairman of the Department of Culture and Sports of the South Aegean region, Dimitris Gryparis after awarding the winning team from Germany.

“Our intention is to turn this tournament into an annual event that will be touring across the Aegean islands. Though I come from water polo I am very close to volleyball as well and to any sports activity taking place in this neighbourhood. This is only the start of a project whereby we want to promote culture and sport on our beautiful islands. The most important thing is that the stadium was crowded for the three days of the tournament and that the winners from Germany got a loud applause during the awards ceremony, something that shows the true passion of all people from Syros for volleyball and sport in general.”  

Final standing  
1. TV Ingersoll Bühl (GER)
2. Foinikas Syros (GRE)
3. CVC Gabrovo (BUL)
4. Smouha Alexandria (EGY)  

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