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Malory Eagles volleyball club

Men's First vs Cambridge
Saturday 20 March, Ernest Bevin College, Tooting, London

Malory made hard work of their match against league strugglers, Cambridge, but the 3-0 victory leaves them in line for a 20th Division One title.

Cambridge didn’t allow late arrival to affect their game, staying level with the league leaders for most of set one.   Apprentice Malory setter Ashley Trodden found attackers Luciano Pinter and Darius Setsoafia with regularity but the team generally lacked the smoothness and flow that had given them victory over Sheffield.  Although Malory fell behind at 19-18, a fine serving run from Alex Bialokoz turned around the deficit, setting up a 25-23 first set victory.

Set two saw the return of Malory “old boy” and GB international Danny Weemes but a poor start forced coach Jefferson Williams to call timeout at 6-0 down.  “Let's start engaging as a team and work for one another, make an adjustment to the passing unit and up the intensity” urged Williams to parry his side’s lacklustre performance before dispatching them to take control of the game once more.  Malory clicked back into action, slowly recovering the gap with Cambridge and pushing on to 20 with excellent serving from Weemes.  After twenty minutes play, Pinter served out the set for Malory, claiming a 25-20 win.

Malory again had to recover from a Cambridge lead in set three but, although performing below par, never looked in danger of losing the set.  Fine serving from Setsoafia backed by good front court play from Weemes and Dankielson Westphal gave the hosts an inevitable victory; 25-22.

Though Malory lacked cohesion, the match provided a perfect opportunity for Trodden to stake his claim as first pick setter.  Malory remain top with only Sheffield able to beat them to the 2010 title.

Earlier in the day, Malory Eagles women made short work of Leeds with a 3-0 victory.  After a slow start to the season, the women are now 4th in Division One.

This coming weekend sees the men travel to mid-table Middlesbrough while the women travel to Birmingham.

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