Durham take iniative in women's Super 8 Final
5th May 2018
(Main pic, Credit: Alan Doggett)
In a repeat of last season’s League Finals, Team Durham were looking to retain their title, while Team Northumbria were looking to win every competition they have entered this season.
Team Northumbria got off to a string start with big hitting from Leah Best at the net opening a small point margin against their northern rivals, but Durham were after revenge from the Cup Finals and pulled away at the end of the set with fantastic defence from Petra Jerbkova. Eventually pulling away to take the first set 25-20.
The second set was a showcase of Team Durham’s power and willingness to win, opening a swift 5-0 lead at the service line from Bruna Bon. Durham soon extended their lead to thirteen points with big hitting from captain and coach, Claire Felix. Northumbria suffered their biggest set loss of the season, just scraping into double figures, going 2-0 down after a 25-10 loss.
Northumbria continued to struggle to get on the scoreboard going into the third set, with no answer for the strong attacking of the Durham side. Northumbria coach, Dave Goodchild made numerous substitutes but failed to gain on the Durham side and fell short 25-15.
Team Durham go into tomorrow with the advantage, just one win away from retaining their League Title. Whereas Northumbria must now come from behind and force Durham into a Golden set where a final race to 15 will decide the 2017/18 season League Winner.
Tune in tomorrow on BBC Sport from 10:50am for the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix, followed by the second leg of the women’s and men’s League Finals.