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Men's Div. 2 A : Tunnel Diggers taper off against Thunderball
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/11/14 11:17:06 (196 reads)

Tunnel Diggers lost to Thunderball (Men’s D2A - London Volleyball League)
19:21 10:21 14:21

Visitors relax to victory
After a couple of one-sided matches, Tunnel Diggers looked to have adjusted to the pace of competitive volleyball as Sunday's game began while Thunderball, uncharacteristically playing without a libero, took a while to settle to a slightly different formation.

Serving first, Thunderball won the two opening rallies but Tunnel Diggers quickly drew level and briefly in mid set, led 15:13, to hold the advantage. However, the visitors immediately drew level before converting their first set point.

Looking more confident from the success, they started the second very well indeed, winning the first two rallies before going 1:7 in front. The middle part of the set was even, well contested and clearly enjoyed by the players as the scores mounted to 8:17. Good serving by Thomas Lofaro helped Thunderball to ease away to set point, cleverly saved by the Tunnel Diggers back court but they could not save the set.

Encouraged by some good serving by Ben Stevenson who had come onto court at the start of the previous set, Thunderball began the third strongly but a well judged time-out at 3:11 halted the slide and Tunnel Diggers actually outscored their opponents for the rest of the set. They were eventually to go down 14:21 but Tony McCann will be able to take many positive things into this week's training sessions.

Thunderball will be satisfied to have recorded their second victory of the season and to slip, perhaps temporarily, into the top half of the league table.

HMP Wormwood Scrubs, East Acton, 12th November

Tunnel Diggers
Starting six: Cliff da Costa, Phil Dyer, Tony McCann, A N Other, Beau Page (captain), Tommy Stenhaug.
Other players: Lee Allen.
Coach: Tony McCann.

Starting six: Rossano Biagini, Kwong Li, Thomas Lucas, Carlo Piccari, Yevgeniy Stotyka, Richard Tremblay (captain).
Other players: Olivier Dobo, Thomas Lofaro, Ben Stevenson, Christopher Yoon.
Coach: R Alvarez.

Referee: Andy Kwiatkowski.

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