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Men's Div. 2 A : Now Crusaders throw contest wide open
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/3/27 14:10:34 (171 reads)

SQUAD lost to Flaming Six Crusaders (Men’s D2A - London Volleyball League)
21:18 16:21 21:10 20:22 17:19

Flaming Six victory over SQUAD in five sets
"It was an intense match with a nail biting finish, but our guys managed to pull through," were the words of Crusaders' team manager, Mohamad Arasoghli at the end of the match. Disheartened SQUAD were understandably speechless. Successive defeats after a season long unbeaten run. Now they need Tuskers and Crusaders to stun Onyx.

The opening set was tight and tense with no sign of which way it would go. It was still tied at 18:all when SQUAD earned a side out, Maciej Pajak produced a penetrating serve and the set was theirs. Crusaders enjoyed a one or two point lead early in the second but they were eventually caught at 6:all with the home side ploughing on to lead 10:6. A time-out at that score settled the visiting players and they recovered gradually to tie things again at 15:all, going behind 16:15, gaining service for skipper, Krasi Zhechev and putting the match all square.

Crusaders looked well below par for much of the third set as they gradually fell further behind as the score rose to 14:10. Then they collapsed again with the captain giving a serving class as Artur Zapalowski sowed confusion. Winning the first two rallies of the fourth set, SQUAD looked s though they were going to control totally the rest of the evening but Crusaders regrouped and a marvellous set followed that the visitors eventually turned their way. Finally another excellent exciting set to finish the afternoon. Crusaders led by a point when the sides changed ends but SQUAD raised their game to lead 11:8 but little by little the advantage was eroded until things were tied again at 17:all. Crusaders won the next rally to lead for the first time since the change of ends. Tim Keane rotated to position one. The rally settled SQUAD's fate even though over the entire game they had outscored their opponents by 95 points to 90..

Bacons Sports Centre, Rotherhithe, 25th March

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

Flaming Six Crusaders
Starting six: Taimour El Sakka, Jerome Facey, Nacho Gil, Axel Hoffschroer, Rafael Jovanelle, Krasi Zhechev (captain).
Libero: Arnaud Forget.
Other players: Derrick Ang, Hilari Cabanes, Tim Keane, Chris Taylor,
Coach: Adam Watkins.

Referee: Marcelo Radovan

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