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Men's Div. 2 A : Tuskers roll Thunderball
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/3/12 10:10:00 (94 reads)

Tuskers beat Thunderball (Men’s D2A - London Volleyball League)
21:15 21:16 21:11
Tuskers tested only in second set
The home side began in ruthless mood and swept Thunderball aside in the first set before relaxing in the second in preparation for more dominating play in the third.

Tuskers won the opening rally before losing the next two appeared to provoke their determination and they raced to 6:2 and 9:3 before easing off slightly at 19:10. The support on the bleaches was ecstatic. Marcelo Cordova started Olivier Dobo in the second set and Jonathan Doyle brought on Joseph Barcelina and Peter Nunoo and while the Tuskers replacements performed well enough individually, the team performance was more lacklustre and only after 6:all did they establish a lead, Oliver seeming to strengthen their opposition. Tuskers looked to have secured the set at 19:14 but some good play by Thunderball brought them to 19:16 only to side out and see a good serve by Peter give Tuskers the two set advantage.

Both teams changed their personnel and line up for the third set and it was Tuskers who adapted to their changes first. Indeed, they were quickly 2:0 then 6;2 and 9;4 ahead with Thunderball's time-out at 6:2 failing to halt the slide. After that, play was a little more even but Tuskers still had the edge and slowly increased their lead having just one match point saved late in the evening.

The win moves Tuskers to within a point of Thunderball with a game in hand maintaining the competitive situation in mid table as the season moves to its closing stage..

Harris Academy (Waverley), Peckham, 6th March

Players:
Tuskers
Starting six: Rafau Amibaba, Luigi de Michele, Jonathan Doyle (captain), Gregory Lojko, Florin Margarit, Moro Segu.
Joseph Barcelina, Peter Nunoo, Kris Pineda.
Libero:
Other Players:
Coach: Jonathan Doyle

Thunderball
Starting six: Rossano Biagini, Marcello Paolucci, Marek Piekarczyk, Ben Stevenson, Yevgeniy Stotyka, Gene Suena.
Libero:
Other players: Richard Tremblay (captain), Olivier Dobo, Jan Lieskovsky, Christopher Yoon.
Coach: Marcelo Cordova.

Referee: John Wycliffe

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