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NVL Super 8 : Good results for London sides
Posted by Media Team on 2018/9/24 10:50:00 (103 reads)

Weekend's results (men's and women's National Volleyball League)
Surprise defeat for Dartford
There was a numerically quiet opening to the season in the National Volleyball League with no Saturday games and only five London sides involved in six fixtures on Sunday. Even so, there were several encouraging starts but one unexpected defeat.

Richmond players needed to rise early with a double-header in which both the men and women in their respective second division (South) had to travel to Bristol to play Bristol and Bristol 2 respectively, the first match starting at eleven in the morning.

The men took quite a while to play the journey out of their legs but then performed very well indeed to overcome tough opposition after rather surprising them by their fourth set mastery following an excellent third set recovery.

The women's game took a very different path with Richmond winning the first set well before having to overcome a fierce challenge by Bristol 2 for the remainder of the match,

Richmond men's next game will be away to Milton Keynes on 13th October and they will be aiming to impose themselves earlier on the proceedings. By contrast, the women only have to wait a week and will have a home game at Kingston Arena, starting at 4 o'clock against Sussex Dolphins.

Inter women had to travel too but only as far as Bushy to play Hertfordshire in the women's first division, also for an 11 a.m. start. They started well with great services allowing them to get few points ahead and help them build their game comfortably. However, the opposition were a experienced team who pushed harder on defence and service eventually to come back at the very end of the set. Losing that first set affected their confidence and was reflected on the way the team played the second set. Fortunately a good start on the third got the momentum back and they turned the match around.
"It was an important victory for us in this new Division," said coach Ivan Moreno afterwards, "But there's still lots of work to be done."
There will be just six days until their next game when they must travel to Birmingham to face the Super League club's second team.

The only home games within London took place way out on its south-eastern edge with the triangular fixtures of Men's Division 2 South with Dartford entertaining fellow Londoners Baks and South Hants, based in Waterlooville on the outskirts of Portsmouth, the matches starting at mid-day at Dartford Technical College. Dartford and Baks engaged in an excellent match which the home side eventually won in a fourth set tie break after narrowly losing the first set and winning the next two by a small margin.

Next on court, Baks played South Hants and, although it was not easy by any means, were worthy winners in three sets.

It came as a surprise, therefore, when Dartford lost the first two sets against South Hants. They recovered well and maintained their composure to win the next two but, sadly for London volleyball, went down in an excellent fifth set. Sad for London but a great indication of a competitive new season for the whole division.

Baks are in action again on14th October in another triangular at Weymouth Beach club's home when the other visitor will be Surrey Spikers. Spikers feature again on 4th November when they and Dartford travel to face Guildford at Ashcombe Volleyball Centre in Dorking.

Sunday 23rd September
Division 2 South.
Bristol V C v Richmond, 25:22 26:24 24:26 14:25 11:15
Men's Division 3 South
Dartford v Baks, 27:29 25:22 25:21 26:24
Baks v South Hants, 25:20 25:15 25:20
Dartford v South Hants, 23:25 20:25 25:21 25:22 11:15

Division 1
Herts v London Inter, 29:27 25:18 13:25 22:25 11:15

Division 2 South
Bristol 2 v Richmond, 15:25 20:25 24:26

Dartford Technology College, Dartford, 23rd September

Contributors, Andy Hopper, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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