Canada’s Tammy Mahon leads pro club to Greek league title
Championship match close to public due to past violence
ATHENS – Tammy Mahon of Holland, Man., captain of Canada’s national women’s volleyball team, completed an unforgettable experience in her first season in the Greek pro league this past week.
Mahon led Panathinaikos to its seventh consecutive Greek title defeating arch rivals Olympiacos in three straight sets. Both squads are based in Athens. After a spectator was killed last season in a fight during a match, spectators were banned from the encounters between the two teams this year.
‘’They only allowed schoolchildren, family and other people you could trust,’’ said Mahon. ‘’When you play over here you get whole new meaning for the word fanatic. It was a bit scary at first with police escorts and special instructions when we arrived at venues.’’
Despite the unusual situations, Mahon, the only Canadian in the 12-team league, sparkled. She was named the championship match MVP scoring 11 points and one ace.
‘’It was one of the best pro seasons of my career,’’ said Mahon, who played last season in Baku, Azerbaijan. ‘’I was consistently strong throughout the season. How many points a team scored was crucial in the standings and that was a lot of pressure on me and I felt I never let down.’’
Mahon is scheduled to return home on May 6 and prepare for the national team selection camp May 15-20 in Winnipeg.
‘’This is going to be one of the busiest seasons with the national team, with a lot of tournaments and I’m looking forward to it,’’ said the nine-year national team veteran. ‘’The pro league and national team are two different seasons and I’m happy to come home.’’