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NVL Super 8 : Double delight for Malory
Posted by Media Team on 2020/2/10 11:00:00 (57 reads)

London teams' latest results (National Volleyball League)
Disappointments in Women's Division One
In six games on Saturday and seven on Sunday London volleyball enjoyed a generally successful weekend. It was rather more than pleasure for Malory Eagles after both women and men's sides achieved three set wins. With three of the fixtures being London v London, a high victory rate was impossible and in the end its clubs' achievements were mixed.

One point behind in the men's Super League but with a game in hand, Malory Eagles began their match at SportsDock against Richmond Docklands in determined mood, a narrow five set loss to their west London rivals just before Christmas no doubt a motivating factor. They duly got their revenge but it was a close and exciting match with each set getting closer and closer. Malory stayed strong to earn three valuable points and move to third in the table and behind Durham only because of two fewer sets won.

The club's women's side had preceded them on court in the women's Super League to face the university that had beaten them in the first match of the season in four close sets. Now four points above them in the league table, Malory Eagles showed University of Nottingham their true class in overwhelming them in three sets.

At Lambeth Academy Aces faced Cambridge & Anglia University in men's Division One, visitors who were unbeaten in the league so far this season and who showed exactly why although in the second set Aces came very close indeed to becoming only the third side to take a set off them this season.

There is a close contest for second place behind the Beach club Men's Division Two and Richmond needed to produce some of their best volleyball to overcome Bristol. After a very close first set indeed they gradually rose to the occasion and by the end of the third set had established themselves as the stronger side.

In women's Division One Dartford faced a "weekend away" playing in Derby on Sunday and taking on bottom of the table Sunderland on Saturday. Sunderland have had a strange season forfeiting games but on paper it looked like Dartford's opportunity to leapfrog Hertfordshire, just above them in the league table. However they found themselves facing a rejuvenated opponent and, despite a great fight back late in the game, went down in three sets.

Clearly intent on keeping their unbeaten league record, Lionhearts maintained the pressure on Sussex Dolphins throughout their women's Division Two match and ran out comfortable winners. The side has not lost a match since joining the National League seventeen months ago: indeed it has dropped just one set (to Wessex in September) and it was Super League Malory Eagles that knocked them out of the cup so they must be heading for some sort of record.

There were four London teams in action in men's Division Three on Sunday each with two games in a pair of "triangular" tournaments. With one in Richmond and one in Dartford, there was less travelling than usual. First under way was Richmond 2's encounter with Baks which the visitors won in three sets. Baks then faced Wiltshire Mavericks and again proved the stronger in three sets. Finally, it was Richmond 2 against Wiltshire Mavericks and a very close match which required a fifth set to settle the result in Richmond's favour.

On the other side of town the day began with a London derby. Dartford at home to Giants which the visitors won in three sets. Ninth in the league table, Gloucester Eagles, facing second placed Giants suggested a one-sided contest might ensue but Eagles played well had Giants were made to work hard for a second victory. With several challengers to their fourth spot in the table, Dartford produced a determined performance as Gloucester Eagles played again but the west country visitors proved too strong in the fourth set.

Women's Division 1's Dartford had to face top-of the-table Darkstar Derbyshire in Derby after playing in Sunderland the day before. Facing the prospects of a journey home in stormy weather, they again played well without securing anything for all the promise shown and went down in three sets scoring nineteen points twice and twenty in the third.

Richmond and Inter Orcas 2 have each lost only one game in the division this season and both were playing away. Sadly, both lost. Hertfordshire, Dartford's biggest danger in the division, entertained Richmond and, despite losing the second set heavily, played very well to disappoint Richmond and push Dartford below them in the competition.

Meanwhile, Inter Orcas 2 visited Oxford, fourth in the table and beaten just twice. Probably the game of the day and although it lasted just three sets, all three were close. A good win for the home side, it means that London's two-pronged attack for places in the Super League in the autumn has been blunted but the division is wide open for a thrilling climax to the season.

Men's Super League
Malory Eagles beat Richmond Docklands, 25:21 25:22 25:23

Women's Super League
Malory Eagles beat University of Nottingham, 25:16 25:11 25:19

Men's Division One
Aces lost Cambridge & Anglia University, 16:26 23:25 17:25

Men's Division Two
Richmond beat Bristol, 25:23 25: 20 25:16

Women's Division One
Sunderland beat Dartford, 25:18 25:17 25:23

Women's Division Two
Lionhearts beat Sussex Dolphins, 25:16 25:18 25:18

Men's Division Three
Richmond 2 lost to Baks, 20:25 23:25 18:25
Wiltshire Mavericks lost to Baks, 22:25 17:25 15:25
Richmond 2 beat Wiltshire Mavericks, 25:19 25:19 23:25 23:25 15:11
Dartford lost to Giants, 17:25 14:25 16:25
Gloucester Eagles lost to Giants, 17:25 15:25 20:25
Dartford lost to Gloucester Eagles, 13:25 25:27 25:18 20:25

Women's Division 1
Darkstar Derbyshire beat Dartford, 25:19 25:19 25:20
Oxford beat Inter Orcas 2, 26:24 25:22 25:23
Hertfordshire beat Richmond, 25:20 14:25 25:17 25:20

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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