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Women's Div. 1 B : ULU scrap with Wildkats
Posted by Media Team on 2018/12/31 18:15:16 (172 reads)

Division 1B (Women’s London Volleyball League)
Pursued by Blaze
A fast pace has been set during the first part of the season by both ULU and Wimbledon Wildkats. The students deservedly top the table and will have the better "sets difference" score whatever the result of Wildkats game in hand. They also beat their rivals when they met although they lost to Lynx in early December, a side Wildkats had beaten in October. There could be big changes as the competition continues in the new year.

That Wildkats v ULU match had taken place at the end of October and ULU took top place on the table by winning in four sets. They followed the victory up with good wins over Flaming Six away and Malory Eagles at home before defeat in four sets away to Lynx just when it looked as though they might remain unbeaten into the new year.

Lynx proved they were a threat by that win over ULU but they disappointed their followers in losing in four sets away to IVA. However, that is the only minus in their recent record, having beaten Osemka, Wapping Tigers and Malory Eagles 2 as well as ULU.

With a game in hand, Flaming Six Blaze still look a threat. Two months they topped the table and went on to beat IVA Homa away, However losses in successive matches to ULU and Wildkats have dented the record if not removed their challenge.

Their match against Wildkats has been a close and exciting five set contest before the Wapping squad won the game, Wildkats having beaten Osemka away a week earlier in straight sets. Malory Eagles 2 have won just two matches, one of those a walk-over so will be disappointed at their record so far but taking Lynx to five sets away in Clapton in a very close match indeed will have given them much encouragement for the remainder of the season. They are clearly still a threat. Wapping Tigers will want to do well against IVA Homa in their home fixture scheduled for 18th January as they still have to face Wildkats home and away as well as their return games against all the rest. Osemka are still without a win. Indeed, they have still to win a set and already look a likely candidate for relegation at the end of the season. But sport being sport, they could still prove me wrong.

IVA Homa's start to the season has been disappointing. Not only have there been two defeats, one the forfeiting of their game against Malory Eagles 2, they have so far failed to rearrange their first fixture of the season against Wapping Tigers. On the other hand they have beaten high-flying Lynx so, if they can recover over the next few weeks, the remainder of the season looks exciting for all the teams' followers.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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