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Men's Div. 2 B : Osemka create long road for Pride
Posted by Douglas Barr-Hamilton on 2018/4/18 13:37:51 (252 reads)

Lionhearts Pride beat KS Osemka 2 (Men’s D2B - London Volleyball League)
17:21 20:22 22:20 21:15 15:10

Three match points saved before come-back
Two sets ahead and 18:20 in front: your are feeling pretty confident. Losing the set from that position is disheartening and on Sunday (15th April) Osemka suffered that feeling.

The first set had been very close with the lead fluctuating and both sides playing well as the score mounted to 17:all after Pride had been behind 13:16. Lukasz Micek rotated to serve and Osemka, by now playing with confidence, took the three more points they needed.

Pride came out for the second with more determination and led for most of the set, albeit by just a small margin. Their lead increased to 11:7 and Osemka asked for a time-out. From that point they looked a different side. Quickly behind 12:13, it was Pride who needed a team talk - then another at 14:18. That break settled them and they played extremely well and soon had set point at 20:19. Osemka saved it and, playing well once again, did what was necessary to go into a two set lead.

An equally close third set followed, Pride bringing on their bench players who performed so well they remained on court for the rest of the afternoon. Although the lead changed hands a couple of times, Pride seemed to have the edge and looked to be forcing a fourth set when they led 18:16. But they reckoned without Lukasz's serving and he took the visitors to 18:20. It was surely all over. Oh no it wasn't! Pride saved the next point and went on to get the set that had earlier looked likely.

It turned out to be another very competitive one - at least to 12:all. Then Osemka heads seemed to drop. although they achieved side out three times after Pride had raced to 17:12, they were unable to convert service into points and from 18:15 slipped from the battle. They never really rejoined it. They were immediately 2:0 down in the decider and were behind 8:4 when the teams changed ends. From that point on play was more even as the score moved on to 13:8. Osemka managed then to add three more and give Pride followers cause for concern but the team did not waver and promptly claimed the three league points. They had been hard won but a great relief to Tsy Toquica who had assumed the coaching duties for the day.

One big consolation for Osemka though. Fireball having lost to Greenhouse a week ago, the defeat does not knock them off the top of the table and the two sets they won represent the sets difference of two between them and Fireball.

Green Spring Academy, Bethnal Green, 15th April

Lionhearts Pride
Starting six: Daniel Chong, Janaazie Coppin, Efenikos Erdongan, Sebastien Gerber, Charles Wolfe (captain), Hyun Ki (Sam) Yang.
Libero: Dino Vo.
Other players: Trevys David, Alessandro Quaranta,
Coach: Tsy Toquica.

K S Osemka 2
Starting Six: Darek Krajewski, Leszek Lecnar, Lukasz Micek, Witek Muskus, Damian Skrok, Karol Zawistowski.
Other players:

Referee: Kassim Ukware.

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