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NVL Super 8 : Durham double at Malory
Posted by Media Team on 2018/11/5 9:00:00 (53 reads)

London teams' matches (men's and women's National League)
IBB Polonia need five in Essex
Two great Super League matches got the weekend off to an exciting start but, sadly for London volleyballers, Durham got the better of Malory - twice.

The women's sides played first and, after fighting back to lead 2:1, Jefferson William's side slipped to a disappointing five set loss with just the consolation of a single league point. The men's match was even closer even though it lasted only four sets. Two of them ended 27:29: in favour of the visitors, alas.

Meanwhile, away in Essex, IBB Polonia discovered they had a battle on their hands as they lost an extremely close first set and then had to work hard to level things again after losing the third but, finally, secured victory relatively comfortably in the fifth. The bonus point puts Essex top of the table but, with a game in hand and no defeats so far, Polonia finished in the stronger position.

London's other top men's side, Richmond Docklands, were also away, in Sheffield where they struggled in the first set before raising their game and triumphing in four sets. It was their first win of the season and it puts them level on points with Sheffield in the league table so was an important success.

Orcas suffered their first reversal of the season in the women's Super League, away to one of the division's other unbeaten sides and so slip to third while Tendring retain their unbeaten record after winning in four sets. Durham head the table with four wins in four matches.

At home in Ealing, Polonia Sideout secured their first victory of the campaign and beat Birmingham who are now bottom of the table while the Londoners move two places above them. However, it was quite a struggle although the whole club will be delighted with the spirit and resolve they showed in winning the fourth set 27:25.

Richmond took a men's and a women's side to New Forest to compete in the second division (South) of their respective competition. Both won. Both needed four sets. The men remain unbeaten, one of three, and stand fourth in the league table having played fewer matches. The women, one of four teams that have lost a single game, lie third behind an unbeaten Reading.

On Sunday there was one match in the men's Super League and one in the women's.

Malory Eagles men faced Southampton at Ernest Bevin Academy and proved the stronger team throughout although pressed to play well by visitors who never gave up.

Polonia Sideout were disappointing against Sheffield in Ealing. They competed well in the first set before capitulating in the second only to storm back in the third and come within a whisker of taking the match further.

Dartford played away against Oxford in the women's second division and, not for the first time this season, came very close to a good win but another loss leaves them in a mid table position with two wins from four games.

In the men's third division (South) London had home games at Castle Green where there was a triangular in which Baks had a solid win against Urbond Portsmouth despite a close opening set before they overcame Southampton 2 in four tremendous sets. The wins take them to second in the division although they have played two more games than their closest rivals. At the same time, London's other team in the division was playing at Ashcombe Volleyball Centre where they staged a magnificent fight back after losing the first two sets to defeat Surrey but then finished second best to hosts, Guildford to maintain their record of an equal number of wins and losses.

Finally, in the women's third division (south-east) Richmond 2 played host at Kingston College Arena to Portsmouth and Ashcombe Dorking for a tournament marred by Ashcombe's non-arrival. There was plenty of volleyball nevertheless as Portsmouth and the hosts both produced pace and skill to engender five nerve-wracking sets, the last ending 15:13 to Richmond and lifting them to second in the table with two games in hand over leaders, Portsmouth but with five of the six teams below them having played fewer games and being in a position to challenge them. It looks like a very competitive division.

Results
Saturday
Men
Super League
Sheffield Hallam lost to Richmond Docklands, 25:20 17:25 13:25 20:25
Essex lost to IBB Polonia, 30:28 17:25 25:17 21:25 6:15
Malory Eagles UEL lost to Durham, 27:29 19:25 25:17 27:29
Division 2 South
New Forest lost to Richmond, 24:26 25:22 18:25 13:25

Women
Saturday
Super League
Tendring beat Orcas, 25:20 25:21 16:25 25:20
Polonia Sideout beat Birmingham, 19:25 25:18 25:21 27:25
Malory Eagles UEL lost to Durham, 16:25 25:21 25:21 17:25 5:15
Division 2 South
New Forest lost to Richmond, 25:21 23:25 21:25 11:25

Sunday
Men
Super League
Malory Eagles UEL beat Southampton, 25:18 25:17 25:17
Division 3 South
Baks beat Urbond Portsmouth, 25:22 25:19 25:18
Baks beat Southampton 2, 25:23 26:24 17:25 25:23
Surrey lost to Dartford, 25:23 25:23 21:25 20:25 11:15
Guildford beat Dartford, 25:19 25:20 25:19

Women
Super League
Polonia Sideout lost to Sheffield, 19:25 8:25 24:26
Division 2 South
Oxford beat Dartford, 25:18 27:25 25:23
Division 3 South-east
Richmond 2 beat Portsmouth, 20:25 16:25 25:15 25:15 15:13
Richmond 2 beat Ashcombe Dorking, 25:0 25:0 25:0

Castle Green Sports Centre, Kingston College Arena, St Benedict's School, 3/4th November.

From the side-lines
Richmond Men’s division had a successful weekend on the road with both the Super League and NVL2 sides returning to London with 1:3 victories. The division’s resources were stretched with a number of players unavailable due to injuries or work commitments. Both squads travelled with just eight players but both came back with the points.
Richmond Docklands gained a much needed first Super League win of the season in Sheffield. It was Docklands’ first victory over Keith Trenam’s side since 2011 after Sheffield had won the last ten encounters. After a shaky start in the first set, Richmond Docklands discovered their timing and rhythm. But it was too late in set one to turn around a six-point deficit and Sheffield took the opener 25:20.
An ace by Javier Bello set the scene at the start of set two and he steered his side into an 2:8 advantage at the first technical time-out. Richmond had the bit between their teeth now and some varied and clever attacking by captain Panos Karagiannis helped maintain the visitor’s lead. Noah Goalen was being equally as affective as his skipper whilst Julian Marcon was also providing a consistent point making outlet. Luis Bello’s side strolled to the second set 17:25 to level the match.
Richmond Docklands’ clear tactic of targeting the second outside hitter on the serve was paying dividends. Trenam was forced to change his line-up and by the end of the match had tried five different players in that position. Docklands serving pressure and some dogged defence was frustrating the hosts and Richmond dominated set three to take it 13:25.
With their first point of the season secured, Richmond Docklands set about converting their chance of three points. They managed to maintain the pressure on Sheffield and with some ruthless attacking by middle men Vuk Kosanovic and Flavien Hias, Richmond opened up an 11: 17 lead. The introduction of debutant Sreten Kostic brought extra height and power to the court and he duly despatched a strong kill off the block to keep the scoreboard ticking over. In the end Richmond Docklands claimed all three points with a 20:25 fourth set win.
Luis Bello said afterwards, “We knew before the start that service pressure was key and we excelled at that today. I’m proud of the team and what we achieved today. We can now build on this and move on to some more big games coming up”.
Black Knight: Panos Karagiannis
Docklands MVP: Panos Karagiannis
Sheffield MVP: Jack Williams

Meanwhile in Southampton, Richmond’s NVL2 side were battling it out with New Forest. Ben Lucas was returning to his old club for the first time and he starred in an all round team performance to take home the victory. With Josh Green out injured following a cycling accident, veteran setter Anton Kornilov came into the side to bring more experience as well as increasing the average age of the team!
Kornilov said afterwards, ”We improved our passing and reduced unforced errors throughout the game which led to a convincing victory in what was a closely balanced match. I thought coach Soczewka made some timely substitutions to strengthen the squad”.
Richmond came back from 21:13 down in the first set to win it and only narrowly lost the second set with too many unforced errors. Justin Magtibay came off the bench to help stabilise the service receive in sets one and two and made a significant contribution to the team’s strong performance by setting in the final two sets. Kornilov was moved to opposite and his power and guile strengthened Richmond’s attack. A run of six serves by Magtibay at the start of the fourth set gave the visitors an unbelievable start and they never looked back, taking the final set 13:25.
Along with Essex Estonians and City of Bristol, Richmond remain the only unbeaten teams in the division and will look to maintain their record when they travel to face Team Bristol next Sunday.
Richmond MVP: Anton Kornilov
Andy Hopper

IBB Polonia London defeats the table leaders
The positive phase continues for IBB Polonia London. Simon Loftus's players have still not lost a match this season. To assert themselves, they beat the team leading the Super League Essex Blaze. The match went the way of the team from London 2:3 (30:28; 17:25; 25:17; 21:25; 6:15) to give them more points to add to their account.
"The start of the match didn't go well. We were uncertain at the start and made too many errors. Once we re-established the tactical plan and our serve started to function, the opposition couldn't cope with our power. The main weapons that gave us the victory were serve and block" commented IBB Polonia assistant Coach, Patrik Selep.
The faithful fans travelled to the away match. The official fan Club organised a large contingent who attended the sports hall in Essex to help their team to victory.
"We were all looking forward to this top of the table encounter, and thanks to IBB Builders Merchants, we were able to travel with our team for free. We are delighted that we could support our team in this away fixture. The team showed courage and spirit and defeated the opponents, and we supported with all of our might” said Jan Ploszajski, President of the Official IBB Polonia London VC Supporters Club.
After the return to London, there will be no time to rest. The players must prepare for the next match and focus on this elements of their game that require attention.
"Recently we had to deal with a number of illnesses amongst the squad, which depleted attendance at training. I am hoping that we can prepare with the entire squad for the next week. On Saturday, we play in the next round of the National Cup at our home venue. Once again, we hope our supporters can help us over the finish line" concluded Patrik Selep
The next encounter for IBB Polonia London has been planned for Saturday, 10th November when the visitors will be Onyx London. The game will be played in Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre. Details of the match will be published on the internet.
"Of course we can’t wait for the next game. we invite everyone who loves volleyball to come and join us in the sports hall and to support the players. Let's show everyone how amazing and emotional this sport is, and how much fun it can be supporting our players," added the President of the Fanclub.
Katarzyna Strag

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