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London Volleyball : Lynx under pressure from Sheffield
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/12/1 18:00:00 (29 reads)

National Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix
Nail-biting second stage to series
The second Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix of the season was held over the weekend of 21-22nd November and the results set the season up for a thrilling competitive battle while demonstrating the great level of sportsmanship and camaraderie within the Sitting Volleyball community.

Eight teams headed to the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering but the Help4Heroes B team were depleted owing to an Invictus Games taster session so players from other teams in Tier Two volunteered to play for Help4Heroes B to ensure all teams had a full day of Sitting Volleyball.
The competition comprises eight teams split into two tiers of four teams, each team playing every other team in their division with the top side from Tier Two promoted to Tier One, in place of the top division's bottom side for the next round. Each team scores points from their tier, which contribute to the overall league table of all eight teams.
In Tier 1 there was shock as reigning Sitting Volleyball Champions for the last three years, East London Lynx were defeated by Sheffield. From the start, last season’s runners-up, Sheffield were out to show they meant business. After a nail biting first set that Lynx edged 26:24, Sheffield went on to use their strong servers Hergedus and Dokwani to take the second set in convincing style, 18:25. Sheffield continued with confidence and took the third set 12:15, condemning Lynx to their first loss of the season and setting the year up for a brilliant battle for the top four spots in the league of eight who will progress to the Sitting Volleyball Grand Finals to decide which team are the Sitting Volleyball Champions.
The Sheffield side featured many experienced standing volleyball players, who have come over to play Sitting Volleyball, underlining how it is a sport for everyone. Sheffield showed why, if they continue this form, this season could see a change in the positions of the league’s top four teams. Sheffield secured maximum points from the Grand Prix with two more victories over South Hants and Help4Heroes A (H4H A) in Tier One.
Lynx bounced back, as champions do, to achieve second place at the GP. They were well lead by captain J Worrall in their win over South Hants, while their game against Help4Heroes A was a clash of the titans. The teams went point for point trying to gain the upper hand in the first set. It was Lynx who forced victory taking the set 28:26. H4H A won the second set with the help of an impressive run of serves from F Aveh. However, H4H A, were unable to maintain the form they played with in the second set, as Lynx came through to win the set 15:7 and take the match.
Help4Heroes A caught the eye with some impressive displays and will still be aiming to make the top four after they were promoted from Tier 2 at the last Grand Prix. A win in their first match of the weekend versus South Hants secured them third position at the Grand Prix.
After a great weekend of Sitting Volleyball, things are well poised as all teams can still challenge for a place at the end of season finale:
1. East London Lynx
1. Sheffield
3. Help4Heroes
4. Lincoln Imps
5. South Hants
6. Help4Heroes 2
7. Manchester Marvels
8. Essex Pirates

With information courtesy of Volleyball England

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