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Malory Eagles volleyball club

Men's 1 home to London Polonia
Saturday 19 September, Ernest Bevin College, Tooting London

Malory Eagles underlined their determination to re-claim National League silverware this year with an emphatic win over London Polonia (who claimed 3rd spot in 2008/9).  With Pinter benched after dental surgery and setters Dobell & Trodden unavailable, many expected the Eagles to have a tough time.  Middle blocker Brown took on the captain’s armband and ex-international Banks stepped in as setter joining Sliti, Setsoafia, Westphal, Richardson and libero Fee.  King and Omoshebi stood by in reserve.  The match was to be a battle for defensive superiority with Fee and Polonia libero Saller making crucial saves.

Both teams were even for the first few points but Polonia soon stretched to a 5 point lead with clever attacks deep into Malory’s back court.  Malory stabilised with inspired setting from Banks but saw Polonia lead to the all-important 20 point barrier.  Determination and strong attacking along with support from a partisan crowd brought Malory level.  A late time out from Polonia could not save them as Malory stole the set by the closest of margins, 25-23.

The second set saw a deflated Polonia concede ground from the start as Malory strode forward with Brown and Sliti repeatedly blocking out Polonia’s offence and “on the money” passing from Fee.  Polonia used most of their substitutes but Malory continued to dominate winning the set by a comfortable 25-16 margin.

Both teams fought hard in the third set with strong offence from Le Sausse and Maslach for Polonia being matched by middle blockers Brown and Westphal.  The set progressed neck-a-neck with Polonia just edging to 20 before Malory.  Time-outs from coach Williams were unable to disturb Polonia’s concentration and they took the set by 25 points to Malory’s 21.

A stern talk from Williams sent the Eagles out to set four knowing they had to regain the initiative.  Both teams traded play but excellent serving from Banks gave Malory an all important lead.  Continued defensive brilliance from Fee and fast middle attacks from Brown and Westphal gave Malory the set, 25-20, and the match by 3 sets to 1.

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