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Men's Premier : Richmond falls to Wildcats
Posted by Media Team on 2019/2/5 15:20:00 (958 reads)

Richmond lost to Wapping Wildcats, 14:21 21:14 19:21 20:22, Premier Division (Men's London Volleyball League)
Leaders' loss opens up contest
Richmond stay top of the table but Sunday's result opens up the competition with the four top sides all having lost at least one game but not more than two. Given the close challenge by Inter on Lynx while this match was being played in west London, the rest of the season looks a fascinating one.

Wildcats hit hard from the start while it took Richmond some time to get their service into synch. Indeed, not until new signing Sjoerd Peijo: the sixth person to play in position one, served a second time did the home side win a point on service. By then it was 6:14 and he increased the tally to seven. Yet it was enough to revive team spirits and from then on they matched Wildcats more or less point for point without closing the gap by the time the set ended.

Richmond began the second in a more determined mood and immediately took a 2:0 lead and quickly increased it to 7:2 helped by a stream of accurate serves from James Scott. A little later another spell of good serving by Joe Farren helped Richmond to 13:6 and the visitors' heads dropped. They continued to play well enough and both sides scored at the same rate as the other but they never looked like overturning things. However, that changed very early in the third set. Richmond had won the opening rally but Wildcats took the next three and gradually increased their advantage to 5:9. Richmond settled at that stage and a thrilling period of play followed. Richmond closed to 11:12, Wildcats went 11:14 in front. Richmond were on terms at 16:all. Wildcats grabbed a time out. The teams traded point for point to 19:all. Wildcats won side out. Christoph Datler held his nerve when he served and his side were a set in front.

Spectators were biting their nails throughout the next set. From the first rally Richmond stayed in front but only by a point or two. Eventually Wildcats caught them at 16:all. Side out followed side out until Richmond went ahead 19:18, Wildcats overtook them 19:20 and, after one more side out each, finished off the match.

Starting Six: Javier Bello (captain), Noah Goalen, Sreten Kostic, Sjoerd Peijo, Tomas Prusa, James Scott.
Libero: Michal Gordziejewski, Kienan Yon
Other players: Joseph Farren, Borsjan Van Hyest.
Coach: Anton Kornilov

Wapping Wildcats
Starting Six: Dario Costa, Christoph Datler, Bruno Lusic, Federico Oliviero, Renato Silva (captain), Ivan Vatolik.
Libero: Luciano Pelle.
Other players: Allam Benhamou, Marcel Sivak
Coach: F Feretti

Referee: A Rampiohini

Kingston College Arena, 3rd February

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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