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London Volleyball : East Lynx are sitting champs
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/5/11 15:32:36 (201 reads)

National final (English National Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix)
Hard-fought triumph over Sheffield
On occasions in the past the sitting volleyball game has seemed a little like an exhibition match on finals' days but the atmosphere at Saturday's final (6th May) was anything but genteel, rather it produced a hard-fought battle in which Sheffield gave the East London title holders a massive scare.

The scare began immediately as Sheffield went 0:3 ahead thanks, in part, to good serving by Kev Tann. Although Lynx were constantly under pressure, particularly from heavy hitting by Zoltan Hegedus, they soon settled down but, despite their calmer disposition, continued to fall further behind although saving two match points from 14:24 was soon to look like evidence of returning composure.

Evidence seemed to have became proof as Lynx opened a 4:1 lead but Sheffield roared back with seven consecutive points taking them to 4:8. Lynx then showed true character in settling down to subdue apparent frustration with all-round improvement. They moved back into the lead, stretched it to 16:13 and survived a period of very even play to 24:21 when Nenad Groj produced a service ace to level the set scores.

Set three and a third one-sided opening, this time by Lynx who were rapidly 6:0 to the good. However, some big hitting by Sheffield helped them to recover to 8:6 before Lynx's John Munroe produced a string of winners hitting through the middle, matched by Nenad on the outside and Lynx were on their way to a set's lead.

Lynx made another good start to the fourth set, gradually building up a decent lead but Sheffield settled after the first technical time-out and the remainder of the match was very close indeed. Late in the set, Sheffield pulled away to 17:20 but Lynx refused to be beaten and secured a first match point at 24:23. Disappointingly, the next three points all came from errors and Lynx converted their next match point to take the title of Champions.

It had been a great match. Nenad was nominated most valuable player and Lynx had retained the trophy. But Sheffield had competed well. It might be less easy next year. It had been great for spectators too; a genuine contest before the next Super8 final.

East Lynx beat Sheffield, 16:25 25:21 25:15 26:24

National Volleyball Centre, Kettering, 6th May.

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