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NVL Super 8 : Docklands win takes them fourth
Posted by Media Team on 2020/3/16 10:40:00 (44 reads)

London teams' latest results (National Volleyball League)
SideOut supreme but has the virus won?
English sport was depleted by the Coronavirus Covid 19 over the weekend and while volleyball was able to continue, several games failed to go ahead because of the emergency.

In the men's Super League everyone's eyes were on Richmond's Saturday clash with Malory Eagles UEL. The home side victory meant that hosts and visitors changed places in the league table and, with Sheffield Hallam losing in Durham, look more secure in third and fourth places. Richmond's first set performance suggested they were much the stronger side but Malory improved more and more as the match progressed and the final set was a thriller.

There was the potential for a tight finish to the women's Super League season with Polonia SideOut just ahead of their opponents. Durham made it clear from the start that they wanted to take that place on merit while SideOut fought them every inch of the way eventually taking the first set 22:25 before proving their superiority in the two only slightly less competitive sets that followed. Durham could have ended the day just a point behind. Instead Polonia were seven in front

Seventh and sixth respectively in men's Division One, Aces needed a good win especially as they had played one more game than their visitors, Stockport. However, after competing well especially in an exceptionally close second set they faded in the third to end the day in disappointment.

On Sunday few games were played but two women's First Division fixtures were completed. Hertfordshire began the day a couple of places above Dartford in the league table but the Londoners produced their best display of the season to gain their best result for a long time, a win in four sets The victory enabled them to leapfrog their opponents in the competition even if only on sets difference. However, two tough fixtures remain while Herts' remaining games include one against bottom team Sunderland. Relegation still looks a possibility as whichever team wins, it will go above them unless they gain another victory. The fascinating competition continues.

Sunderland were in Richmond who hold a mid table position in the table and they performed surprisingly well for two sets before fading badly on the third. Richmond remain sixth in the division with a game in hand over the two teams with one point more than them.

However, the virus looks as though it's having the last word today. After taking advice, IBB Polonia has this morning (16th March) announced that it is cancelling its remaining fixtures for the season.

Men's Super League
Richmond beat Malory Eagles UEL, 25:17 25:20 27:25

Women's Super League
Durham lost to Polonia SideOut, 22:25 20:25 20:25

Men's Division One
Aces lost to Stockport, 16:25 23:25 12:25

Women's Division One
Hertfordshire lost to Dartford, 17:25 22:25 25:18 19:25
Richmond beat Sunderland, 25:20 28:26 25:11

For full results and league tables see www.volleyballengland.org

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

From the side lines

Richmond Docklands secured their first Super League win of 2020 with an impressive 3-0 victory over old rivals Malory Eagles. This was the 48th Docklands/Malory fixture and a timely three points for Luis Bello’s team.
The coronavirus meant that both squads were down to just eight players but each side could still call on a strong core to keep the level high. Richmond welcomed back Javier Bello who made a seamless transition back to indoor volleyball after training for three months on the sand. He was able to reconnect with all his hitters and was also a constant threat at the net.
A formidable blocking display by Mihail Caraion saw him score five kill blocks in the three sets and consistently thwarted attacks from Malory’s power hitters Mihail Stoev and Frank Melvin.
Sets one and two were won comfortably by Docklands (17 and 20) but the third set was a much closer affair. Richmond survived two set points with Cristian Petcu coming up with the goods to spoil Malory’s chance to get back into the match. And it was Petcu who produced the final kill to seal a 27-25 third set win.
Given the current situation, the likelihood of Richmond’s final three fixtures being played is uncertain but if they can perform like this they will a threat to anyone.
Richmond VC web site

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