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Men's Div. 2 A : Thunderball crushes Crusaders
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/2/7 15:45:24 (120 reads)

Flaming 6 Crusaders lost to Thunderball (Men’s D2A - London Volleyball League)
21:13 22:24 15:21 19:21

Small squad, big blow
Crusaders remain one point ahead of Thunderball in the league table and with a game in hand, so this result did not obey the form book. Excitement and tension grew, however, and the match promised much more from both for the division in the closing half of the season especially among the middle four teams.

The form book seemed to be dictating the opening stage, though. Crusaders took the first two rallies before easing to lead 2:3 and then rush to 2:11 from which point the set lacked sparkle with neither side getting on top with play a mixture of the good and the modest. Not so the second: after losing the opening rally, Crusaders got on top and enjoyed a modest lead right through to 15:all. Olivier Dobo who had sat out the first set rotated to serve and took his side to 19 16 and, although Crusaders regrouped to close to 21 all and 22:all, the tiny Thunderball squad levelled the scores.

Fortunes ebbed and flowed in the third with Crusaders going 1:6 ahead only for Thunderball to recover and, in turn take a 9:6 lead. Play then continued close to 12:15 when Thomas Lucas produced a series of accurate serves while Marek Piekarczyk, Rossano Biagini and Yevgeniy Stotyka clicked at the net. The score moved to 12:20. Crusaders closed to 15:20 but the task they had set themselves proved too big. However, it was in character that Crusaders exploded onto the fourth set, Axel Hoffschroer producing some great serves and Federico Andorino, Chris Taylor and Edoando Dalmonte combining well in front court for a 3:0 lead. From 10:6, Thunderball slowly lessened the deficit. At 17:19 it looked as though they had left it too late but coach Adam Watkins called for a time-out, gave some precise instructions and provided the occasion for thunderous celebrations.

Battersea Sports Centre, Clapham Junction, 4th February.

Flaming Six Crusaders
Starting six: Federico Andorino (captain), Derrick Ang, Mohamad Arasoghli, Jerome Facey, Tim Keane, Chris Taylor,
Libero: Luis Piloto, Krasi Zhechev.
Other players: Edoando Dalmonte, Taimour El Sakka, Marco Floridia, Axel Hoffschroer.
Coach: Adam Watkins.

Starting six: Rossano Biagini (captain), Jan Lieskovsky, Thomas Lucas, Marek Piekarczyk, Yevgeniy Stotyka, Christopher Yoon.
Libero: Duy Nguyen,
Other players: Olivier Dobo.
Coach: Marcelo Cordova.

Referee: Valerij Grisenkov.

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