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Men's Div. 1 A : Onyx finish unbeaten against Waltham Forest
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/3/27 10:31:19 (399 reads)

Onyx A beat Waltham Forest (Men’s D1A - London Volleyball League)
21:13 21:17 21:18

League season ends with tight finish
Onyx A had already secured promotion before this, their last league fixture of the season but pride demanded a win to claim also an unbeaten record. Despite a tight finish to the third set, the club achieved its aim and its supporters rejoiced.

They were somewhat tense in the opening stage and, perhaps, a little surprised at the excellent play from Forest but from 8:7 gradually pulled away to take the first set quite easily, Filipe de Almeida playing up from the B team and adopting the libero role, a stalwart in back court. Good play from both teams kept the second set close right through to 11:all but Onyx had the greater success from that stage on and took the set with a four point margin. They then looked like racing away with the match as they moved rapidly to lead the third set 14:9 but Forest then showed character and determination and scared the league leaders as they closed to 18:16 then 19:17 despite a time-out at 14:11 and another at 18:15. But nerves held. Side-out was secured and Victor Valov served for the twentieth and then set, match, title point.

Mission accomplished.

Harrow Club, North Kensington, 25th March

Players:
Onyx A
Starting six: Emanuel Amariei, Svetoslav Gyurov, Ilias Nanas, Michal Savolt, Diego Tamborini (captain), Victor Valov.
Libero: Filipe de Almeida.
Other players: Iulian Cravet, Audrius Tracauskas,
Coach: Ilias Nanas.

Waltham Forest
Starting six: Nikolas Fijalkowski, Olafs Matjusenoks, Andrei Moroianu, Matthew Ngo (captain), Abdirahman Youssouf.
Libero:
Other players: Emre Baran, Francis Duncan, Sebastian Romeo, Kacper Rutkowski,
Coach: Joanne Carne-Howell.

Referee: Sepideh Youssefi.

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