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Men's Div. 2 A : SQUAD consolidate at Tuskers expense
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/2/5 12:33:10 (44 reads)

SQUAD beat Tuskers (Men’s D2A - London Volleyball League)
21:10 21:13 21:13

Unbeaten record maintained
Fortunately. it's always six v six on court. It looked so one-sided on first appearance: six visiting players including the player/coach on left of the sport-hall, a full squad of twelve plus a coach on the right.

Sadly for Tuskers, the match turned out to be as one-sided as appearances had suggested. SQUAD won the first four rallies of the opening set and, although Tuskers managed to close to 6:4 thanks to some accurate serving by Jo Barcelina, SQUAD pulled steadily further ahead, making a double substitution at 13:8 to bring Daniele Liberatori and Raphael Ruijsenaars into the game.

Coach Alves brought on the rest of the bench of the second set and for a while things were close, Tuskers even winning the first three rallies. However, it was soon 4:3 but Tuskers again enjoyed a tiny lead to 8:10. The coach then restored Maciej Pajak and Luis Vigar whom he had rested during the first set and the visitors managed only three more points as SQUAD ran away with the set.

Maciek and Luis continued for most of the third set in another line-up which was changed by four substitutions during its sixteen minutes. Tuskers were clearly trying but could do no better than in the second and it ended with the same score. Not a good evening for Tuskers, then but one in which SQUAD, now clearly the division's leader and the only unbeaten side in the whole second division, could offer match-play experience to the entire squad.

Bacons Sports Centre, Rotherhithe, 4th February

Players:
SQUAD
Starting Six: Scott Anderson, Maciej Pajak, Weerayut Somngam, Georgi Stanev, Luis Vigar, Artur Zapalowski (captain).
Libero: Jin Ng.
Other players: Alessandro Ananasso, Daniele Liberatori, Egor Nikishin. Raphael Ruijsenaars. Jun Ming Zhang.
Coach: P Alves.

Tuskers
Starting six: Rafau Amibaba, Joseph Barcelina, Jonathan Doyle (captain), Gregory Lojko, Peter Nunoo, Kris Pineda.
Libero:
Other Players:
Coach: Jonathan Doyle

Referee: Ana Oliveira.

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