EFI SFYRI

Efi Sfyri is a two-time Olympian and European Champion and one of the most accomplished Greek beach volleyball players in history. She retired from professional beach volleyball in 2005 and has since turned her attention to coaching and growing the sport in Greece. 

Her volleyball journey began in 1985 at junior club level. By 1987, she had joined the Junior Girls' Greek Volleyball National Team, followed by the Junior Women's and then the Women's Greek National Teams. She won 5 national championships indoors before swapping her knee-pads for a bikini and turning exclusively to beach volleyball in 1998 when she formed Greece's first ever full-time professional beach volleyball team with her partner Vaso Karadasiou. Efi and Vaso went on to have an illustrious beach volleyball career and put Greece on the international beach volleyball map. 

Her career highlights include: 

  • Olympic Games:

    • Sydney 2000, 17th place.

    • Athens 2004, 9th place.

  • FIVB World Tour:

    • Competed on FIVB World Tour from 1997 to 2005.

    • Best finishes:

      • Bronze medal in Rhodes, Greece (2002);

      • 4th in Osaka, Japan (2004);

      • 5th (8 times);

      • 7th (5 times);

      • 9th (27 times).

  • CEV European Tour:

    • Competed on CEV European Tour from 1999 to 2005.

    • European Champion (Xylokastro 1999 and Riccione 2001)

  • Greek National Championships:

    • Five-time Greek National Champion:

      • 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003 (all with Vaso Karadasiou)

    • MVP of Greek National Championships (1999, 2003)

Efi was also an elite indoor volleyball player in the top division of the Greek professional volleyball league, with highlights including:

  • Member of all National Teams from Under-16 to Senior;

  • Played for Panathinaikos in A1 professional league:

    • 6-time National Champions​ (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998)

 

Check out her full beach volleyball profile here!  

 

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