MARIA TSIARTSIANI

Maria is a two-time Olympian and one of the best Greek beach volleyball players in history. With a professional playing career spanning over two decades and a 12-season career on the FIVB World Tour, she retired in 2015 with numerous national and international accolades to her name. 

 

Her beach volleyball career highlights include:

 

  • Olympic Games:

    • Beijing 2008, 9th place.

    • London 2012, 19th place.

 

  • FIVB World Tour:

    • Ranked 8th in FIVB history in tournaments played (151 events).

    • Competed on FIVB World Tour from 2002 to 2015.

    • 44th all time in career earnings.

    • Best finishes:

      • Silver medals in Espinho, Portugal (2006) and Marseille Grand Slam, France (2009);

      • Bronze medal in Bali, Indonesia (2006);

      • 4th in Marseille, France (2007) and Xiamen, China (2014);

      • 5th (10 times);

      • 7th (5 times);

      • 9th (27 times).

 

  • CEV European Tour:

    • Played 24 events (47th all time).

    • Competed on CEV European Tour from 2003 to 2015.

    • 25th all time in career earnings.

    • Best finishes:

      • Silver medals in Gran Canaria, Spain (2009) and The Hague, Netherlands (2012);

      • Bronze medal in Blackpool, England (2008);

      • 5th (4 times);

      • 7th (2 times);

      • 9th (9 times). 

 

  • Greek National Championships:

    • Eight-time Greek National Champion (1st all time):

      • 2002 with Pola Kitsou;

      • 2005 & 2008 with Thaleia Koutroumanidou; and

      • 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 with Vicky Arvaniti. 

 

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

 

  • Played in A1 professional league from the age of 14;

  • Played on Greek National Team (under 16 and under 18);

  • Greek National Cup winner;

 

Check out her full beach volleyball profile here!  

 

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