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Men's Div. 2 B : Fireball topple Giants
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/3/7 16:49:38 (140 reads)

Fireball beat Giants B (Men’s D2B - London Volleyball League)
21:18 21:17 23:21

Favourites' third set wobble
Just three sets but another close game for the faithful followers on Sunday (4th March) as Fireball, on familiar territory in Bethnal Green, edged out the improving Giants B side.

They enjoyed a see-saw first set in which Fireball first led 4:2, then Giants 6:4 before things were tied again at 10:all. It was still close at 14:15 but Fireball seemed to raise their game and raced to 20:15 before Rob Wykes' run of penetrating serves came to an end. Giants managed to save one set point but the home proved just too good.

Fireball were now on song but Giants made a disastrous start to the second set. In no time they were 9:1 behind, Rob's serving again putting them under pressure. Side out secured, they relaxed and played very well indeed and closed to 17:19 with loads of noise from the balcony spectators but they had left themselves too much to do.

One of the best sets of the season followed, one that lasted almost half an hour. This time it was Eric Gargano's serves that troubled Giants as they dropped the opening two rallies and slumped from 7:8 to 7:11 when he reappeared in position one after one rotation. That apart they were marginally the better side - of two sides playing very well indeed and actually neutralised Rob's time as server for two rotations. Eventually on terms again at 19:all, everyone enjoyed the thrilling rallies that took the score to 20:all. Then side out. Rob rotated to serve for the third time in the set. He was determined not to drop a point this time.

Celebrations for Fireball. Service reception practice for Giants.

Green Spring Academy, Bethnal Green, 4th March

Starting Six: Leonado Blonda, Daniel Carrarde, Eric Gargano, Michele Mafrici, Nicolas Vecchione, Rob Wykes (captain).
Libero; Rizen Banares.
Other players: Krzysztof Dorosz, Luciano Rabuffetti, Jay Sangha,
Coach: Marcelo Cordova

Giant Men 2
Starting Six: Matthias Cuciniello, Idjiwa, Tomohisa Makino. Nicola Neri, Nazzareno Scaglia, Stefano Valloni (captain).
Libero: Jean-Michael.
Other players: Marcus Clifford, Sami Essaiem, Daniel Nesbitt, Duy Nguyen, Emilio Torres.

Referee: Sepideh Youssefi

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