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NVL Super 8 : Only IBB Polonia in Super8 final finals
Posted by Media Team on 2018/4/23 15:50:00 (106 reads)

Men and women’s Super8 - National Volleyball League)
Sideout and Orcas shaded in North-east.
The only London Super8 team bound for Kettering in a fortnight's time will be IBB Polonia who succeeded in despatching a talented and tenacious Sheffield twice in three sets over the weekend of 21/22nd April. Sadly, three others were eliminated at the final hurdle.

Over the weekend IBB Polonia London played the National Semi-Finals of England against Sheffield Hallam and came out on top over the two match encounter without dropping a single set. On Saturday the result was 3:0 (27:25 25:20 25:20) and Sunday 3:0 (25:22 25:20 25:21). With two emphatic results, IBB Polonia London eliminated Sheffield Hallam, the third placed team in England, and booked their place in the National Final.
Both matches were an amazing spectacle, especially for the fans. The atmosphere was electric and both sets of players performed to a high level on court. IBB Polonia demonstrated great spirit and didn't give their northern opponents a chance. On Saturday, the MVP was awarded for the second time to Bartosz Kisielewicz – captain, setter and Number 13.
"Bartek followed the pre-determined tactic throughout the game. Unfailingly, he delivered ball after ball with pinpoint accuracy. You could see he was having fun confusing the opposition and this resulted in a great result. he led the team solidly and gave them one foot in the final." commented Jacek Ambrozy, the owner of IBBTherm.
On Sunday, the best player on court was Dorian Poinc (Number 4).
"On Sunday, the whole team played very well. You could tell that the squad was very well prepared, but Dorian Poinc was head and shoulders above everyone else. His serve receive as well as his powerful serve led the team to victory." said Jaroslaw Yaro Kowalczyk; the representative of Top renovations – the match sponsor.
The victories signified that the end of the season is just right around the corner. Over the next two weeks, the team will prepare for two encounters: the victors taking the title of Champions of England.
“We now wait impatiently for the climax of the season. The members of the Official Supporters Club are prepared to support the guys in the finals. The teams who will compete against each other will play the highest standard available to see in England, and once again we will expect some emotional times. I would like to invite everyone to join us on our journey to Kettering, to support IBB Polonia London in their defence of their title.” commented President of the Official Fan Club, Jan Ploszaj.

Sideout Polonia came close to matching them after travelling to Durham and beating them in five sets on Saturday. However, they then went down in three close sets the following day and, looking rather jaded, were well beaten in the "golden" set.

Also playing away in the North-east, Orcas twice made an excellent start against Northumbria, winning the first set on both Saturday and Sunday. However, they were unable to retain the upper hand against the run-away leaders of the league part of the competition and went down in four sets on both days.

With them in Northumbria were Malory Eagles men who were well beaten on Saturday but, took great satisfaction in giving the favourites for final holders of the Super8 title a fright in the first set and then making them work very hard for the rest of the afternoon.

The finals will be held at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering on 5th and 6th May. The matches will be "best of two" with an additional "golden" set played in the event of a tie.

Results
Saturday
Women
Durham lost to Polonia Sideout, 24:26 25:17 19:25 25:14 18:20
Northumbria beat Orcas, 22:25 25:18 25:17 25:14

Men
Polonia beat Sheffield, 26:24 25:20 25:20
Northumbria beat Malory Eagles, 25:13 25:20 25:12

Sunday
Women
Durham beat Polonia Sideout, 25:23 25:16 25:22 and 15:5
Northumbria beat Orcas, 23:25 25:19 25:19 25:12

Men
Polonia beat Sheffield, 25:22 25:20 25:21
Northumbria beat Malory Eagles, 25:23 25:15 25:16

Brentford Fountains Leisure: Brentford, 21/22nd April

Contribution from Douglas Barr-Hamilton and Katarzyna Strag

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