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Men's Premier : SQUAD shade Onyx
Posted by Media Team on 2019/11/22 17:17:02 (162 reads)

Men's Premier Division (London Volleyball League) Onyx lost to SQUAD 20:22 21:12 15:21 21:17 14:16
Unbeaten record retained
An exciting and enthralling game even though only the first and last sets were really close and SQUAD were worthy winners even though Onyx outscored them over the entire evening, the teams provided an excellent advertisement for London volleyball.

The evening opened with the first two points going to Onyx, SQUAD having served first but it was quickly 2:all and the score switched between a one point advantage to one or the other and a tie until SQUAD moved ahead 7:9 and stretched the lead to 10:13: Onyx called for a time-out. Valerio Bettini settled his players but their recovery was hard won and the team was not on terms again until 18:all. This time Patricia Alves needed a word or two with the visitors. She settled them well enough to gain the next point but Onyx won the next two to reach set point. Patricia brought skipper Joost Willemsen off the bench. He was instrumental in keeping his side in the set and rotated to serve at 20:all. Two good serves and his side had a hard won advantage.

A spell of good serving by Onyx new-comer Mindaugas Kinderis took his side from 4:6 to 10:6 despite a time out at 8:6 and Onyx were in charge of the second. The visitors did not win another rally on service and Onyx edged further and further ahead to 19:12. Then another point lost on SQUAD service brought serving duties to Mindaugas and he promptly finished off the set. Scores tied.

There was a complete reversal of fortunes in the third. SQUAD raced from 1:3 to 4:10 before Onyx settled. For the remainder of the set there was little between the teams but the visiting side stubbornly refused to allow their hosts back into the game and kept that six point margin to its end. First Onyx, then SQUAD led in the fourth but from 11:10 when Patricia called a time-out to the end of the set the home side took charge and went a set ahead with a six point cushion and a fifth set was required.

Mindaugas' serving kept Onyx in the tie-break set as he took his side from 2:all to 6:2 and they changed ends 8:3 ahead. Four rallies going to the receiving side brought the score to 10:5 when Patricia called her second time-out of the set. She motivated her players and SQUAD raised their game magnificently. From 6:11 they recovered to 10:11 Marlon Mendes, Nicky Wong and captain Joost Willemsen combining well in the front line, They moved ahead to 12:13 and, in a nail-biting finish, clung on to 14:all and then earned set point when Mateo Gonzalez rotated to serve. He held his nerve and the match was SQUAD's

Starting Six: Firtat Alin, Lorenzo Bartolini (captain), Matteo Chiorrini, Mindaugas Kinderis, Andrei Saracutu, Diego Tamborini.
Libero: Rodrigo Maia, Russel Sandoval.
Other players: Emanuel Amariei, Iulian Cravet, David Novotny, John Tangen.
Coach: Valerio Bettini

Starting Six: Davide Baino, Mateo Gonzalez, Daniele Liberatori, Marlon Mendes, Liem Phan, Andrea Pizzato.
Libero: Lucio Fiorin, Sau Khoon Kuah
Other players: Fernando Giannopoulos, Joost Willemsen (captain), Nicky Wong, Artur Zapalowski.
Coach: Patricia Alves

Referee: Roberto Rigante.

Ark Academy, Wembley, 20th November

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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