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Men's Premier : Lionhearts broken by SQUAD
Posted by Media Team on 2019/10/16 10:30:00 (176 reads)

Men's Premier Division (London Volleyball League) Lionhearts Alpha lost to SQUAD 21:19 15:21 23:25 16:21
Four set thriller goes visitors' way
Although their stay lasted just two days, SQUAD grabbed top place on the league table as a result of this good win. Playing away in Bethnal Green and despite losing the first set, they showed great skill and character in gaining the upper hand.

The opening set had indicated the closeness of the competition to come and the scores were regularly tied right up to 19: all. Then Lionhearts secured a timely side-out and Laurent Gauyau kept his nerve and an excellent serve earned his side the set. There was an unusual start to the next set with SQUAD going four points ahead, then Alpha levelling the score before SQUAD won four more in succession and the hosts three. However, that one point advantage seemed to encourage the visitors and they increased their lead to a slender two points before running away with the set.

Alpha showed great temperament in recovering for the third set which, like the first, was tied frequently, this time right up to 23:all. However, it was SQUAD that was to secured the time-out and their skipper, Daniele Liberatori who was required to produce a challenging serve. He did. SQUAD stormed out for the fourth and won the five of the first six rallies. From then on there was nothing between the sides but Alpha were unable to reduce the deficit to less than four so SQUAD ran out deserved winners.

If they continue to show this form, it should not be long before they are back atop the table.

Players
Lionhearts Alpha
Starting Six: James Barlow, Laurent Gauyau, David Gregory, Brian Lemoine, Adrian Machowicz, Stefano Ziller.
Libero: Mohammed Tighsazzadeh.
Other players: Henry Authier, Bjorn Hove, Ivan Jasjko, Allan Mungroo (captain), Bartlomiej Plotka,
Coach:

SQUAD
Starting Six: Davide Baino, Mateo Gonzalez, Daniele Liberatori (captain), Marlon Mendes, Liem Phan, Andrea Pizzato,
Libero: Lucio Fiorin.
Other players: Sau Khoon Kuah, Nicky Wong.
Coach: P Alves.

Referee: William Perugini.

Mulberry Academy, Shoreditch, 10th October

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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