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NVL Super 8 : Polonia double win retains title
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/5/8 19:40:00 (103 reads)

Play off finals (Men's and women’s Super8 - National Volleyball League)
Northumbria women fall to Durham
Polonia men retained their Super8 title in Kettering over the weekend (5/6 May) overcoming Sheffield Hallam relatively comfortably.
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Comfortably, but not really easily and only in the second set on Saturday did they look to be in control. Still, straight sets was wholly satisfactory as it put the pressure on their opponents for the second leg the following day. On Sunday the pride of London won the first two sets, the first narrowly, and set up for the title, over-relaxed in the third to go down 28:26 after fighting back and then retaining their composure and form to take the fourth.

In the women's final Durham twice beat Northumbria, both times in five sets.

Full match reports appear on the Volleyball England web site.

The club told us:

The double victory gave the overall title and gold medals to the club once again.

The best player of the tournament award went to IBB Polonia London player Mihail Stoev, who received the Golden Ball award for the MVP.

"Mihail deserved the award 100%. He made some huge hits during the games and also was excellent in defence. He had obviously been targeted by the opposition. The statistics confirm his form on court," said team statistician, Igor Drej.

The Londoners completed the season very strongly, emerging the top team in the country and showing some very high level volleyball throughout. They showed that they deserved the titles they have won.

"It is much harder to retain titles than to win them for the first time because in your mind you are already a Champion and you expect the same performance once again. We honestly deserved this outcome; at the start of the season my aim was to win everything and we have achieved that. We defended the Super 8 title and the National Cup and well as making it through to the 1/8 final of the CEV Challenge Cup. This proves our level is higher than the other teams in the UK," commented head coach, Piotr Graban.

This is a great season for the club, amongst whom features World Champion, Krzysztof Ignaczak, who for the first time in his career won a gold medal in a foreign league.

"This is a dream come true. I was lucky enough to play in England and we are all delighted about the result. Every sporting victory tastes sweet! This medal is definitely special, because I won it overseas in a club with Polish roots. I am happy I could help the guys to win the trophy. The fans were amazing, they supported us throughout coming all the way to Kettering from London," he said

"I am proud of what the team achieved this season. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success and the development of our club: sponsors, players, coaches, medical professionals and the superb fans. It was a hard year. With many demands successes and emotions and it will go down in history for ever in our annals," said club President, Bartek Luszcz,

Provided by Katarzyna Strag

Text and photograph copyright © 2017 Polonia Volleyball Club, All rights reserved.

Results
Saturday
Women
Northumbria lost to Durham 14:25 25:21 10:25 25:20 14:16

Men
Sheffield lost to IBB Polonia 23:25 18:25 24:26

Sunday
Women
Northumbria lost to Durham 10:25 25:19 28:26 16:25 13:15

Men
Sheffield lost to IBB Polonia 23:25 18:25 28:26 19:25

National Volleyball Centre, Kettering, 5/6th May.

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