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NVL Super 8 : Essex burn Richmond Docklands
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2017/12/11 16:50:00 (38 reads)

London matches (Men's and women’s Super8 - National Volleyball League)
IBB Polonia subdue Lynx
Shock! Essex Blaze finish off high flying Richmond Docklands in straight sets on Saturday (9th December). Meanwhile, where success would taste sweet whichever side won, after four good sets, Lynx were beaten by IBB Polonia.

Malory and Northumbria will have been pleased to see Essex Blaze's win, making their position as first and second in the league a bit more secure and Lynx have been devastated as they are now the only side in the Super8 competition without a win so far this season. The biggest disappointment of all will be down in Richmond, of course, that they slipped up in a game they were expected to win.

Meanwhile, IBB Polonia London played against London Lynx at SportsDock, UEL. and enjoyed the flavour of success. The three points help the team to start climbing the table. The encounter was an east meets west of London volleyball and the first two sets went the way of the current champions of England thanks to some good play by their main squad members. In the third set, an ongoing injury caused outside hitter Roman Mizerak discomfort and as a result he was substituted allowing London Lynx the chance of winning a set. In the fourth set, IBB Polonia London came out with determination and maintained their form until the final whistle giving them the badly needed win.
"Saturday's game was not the easiest for us," said IBB Polonia Head Coach, Piotr Graban,
"It was vital we took all three points. I’m pleased we managed to do this despite finding the challenge very hard. I want to mention three of our players who played well today: Vitor de Oliveira and Michal Bartoszak who played solidly but also one of our most experienced players Roman Mizerak. We are working hard for all squad members to play to the same level as those mentioned and also so they keep a high level of performance until the last point of the season. We still have many elements of our game to improve upon. Recently I have been enjoying the philosophy: 'If you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but make sure it is in the right direction'. With this in mind we will aim to make progress every single day."

Results
Saturday
Men
Lynx lost to IBB Polonia, 22:25 20:25 25:22 21:25
Essex Blaze beat Richmond Docklands, 25:22 25:17 25:23

UEL SportsDock, 9th December.

With contribution kindly provided by Katarzyna Strag

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