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Men's Div. 2 B : Giants recover from two sets down at EBC
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/4/6 16:50:00 (121 reads)

EBC Greenhouse lost to Giants B (Men’s D2B - London Volleyball League)
22:20 21:15 18:21 17:21 13:15

Two hour tussle
Greenhouse came so close to success. 17:all in the third set and two sets to none ahead. It would have been just reward for an excellent display. However, a combination of visitor determination and youthful nerves conspired to enable Giants to stay in the game but, in an enthralling fifth set, they just managed to hang on to win.

There had been nothing between the sides in the opening set. The College took a healthy lead for the first time at 16:12 but, after Guilia Ponti had called a time-out, the visitors were quickly on terms again. A tight spell of play followed and the sides were again level at 18:all. Giants won the next two rallies to look like opening a set winner but Greenhouse surged back to win four rallies on the trot and the set. The next set was very close up to 9:all but Giants went off the boil and failed to challenge as their hosts raced through to 19:10 before letting alternate rallies slip away as they finished off the set.

Then came the crucial third set which Giants shaded before Greenhouse rather faded and, having gone 3:7 ahead, slipped further and further behind as the fourth progressed. A crazy fifth set ensued. Giants won the opening rally they fell behind 4:1, then 7:3 and looked a beaten side after changing ends 8:4 down and lost the next rally. Then came the recovery although it was a good run of serves from Bogdan Raita that did the most damage and took Giants to 12:13 and Greenhouse confidence seemed to evaporate.

Ernest Bevin College, Tooting, 24th March

Players:
EBC Greenhouse
Starting six: Axel Alabi, Matthew Burnett, Eric Chao, Thomas Jefferson, Nasir Khan (captain), Ted Turner,
Libero: Rayyan Akram,
Other players: Stephen Cofie, Jake Stidwell, Visman Thivaharan,
Coach: Ashley Trodden.

Giant Men 2
Starting Six: Matthias Cuciniello, Nicola Neri, Bogdan Raita, Nazzareno Scaglia, Emilio Torres, Stefano Valloni (captain).
Libero: Tomohisa Makino.
Other players: Jean-Michael, Mark Angelo, Marcus Clifford, Rochas Gauthier, Idjiwa,
Coach: Guilia Ponti.

Referee: Alex Pavkov.

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