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Women's Premier : Giants fade after battle with IMKA
Posted by Media Team on 2020/1/24 11:40:00 (179 reads)

Polonia IMKA beat Giants 21:19 21:19 21:12 Women's Premier Division (London Volleyball League)
Two close sets sign of skill
The match went in accordance with form but for two thirds of the match it looked as if Giants might surprise their opponents as they looked to cement their chances of a top three spot in the league table.

The first set opened with the visitors surprising the home side and remaining on terms through to 8:all and then leading 9:10. However, a brief spell of effective attacking took IMKA to 14:11. Giants' heads did not drop and they battled back to take the lead once more at 18:19. Then side out brought Defne Teoman to serve and a couple of well placed balls helped put her team in front.

The second set was equally close with a tiny lead changing hands frequently up to 8:all. This time it was Giants who then went the short distance in front and they remained there until 17:19. Then once again IMKA experience told and, with Angeliki Kollia serving and Irma Kurti secure in back court, three successive rallies took then two sets in front.

The third set was not as one-sided as the score-line suggests but one bug push that took IMKA from 5:4 to 11:4 did the damage. With Oakki Jones serving and Angeliki Kollia, Jays Lagrimas and Defne Teoman dominant in front court they took control of the afternoon and there was no way back for Giants although they did manage to close to 11:7 before their hosts eased further in front.

Players
Polonia IMKA
Starting Six: Krstina Janjic, Oakki Jones, Jays Lagrimas, Cecilia Manduca, Tereza Mateju, Defne Teoman.
Libero: Irma Kurti.
Other players: Angeliki Kollia, Marianna Smart (captain), Julia Tokarenko.
Coach: Julia Tokarenko

Giants
Starting Six: Elisabetta Bottaro, Eleonore Caby, Valentina de Santis, Francesca Rausa (captain), Monica Vernia, Jamie Welter.
Libero: Adriana Cristini.
Other players: Cristiana Cosignani, Laura De Carli, Karina Solomko.
Coach: Luciano Quercia

Referee, Antonio Codrington

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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