Team Northumbria in pole position to take Super 8 title
5th May 2018
IBB Polonia were eager to hold onto their League Title against Team Northumbria. With injured players ruled out of the match from both teams, the squads had to step up to fill in the spaces of their team-mates.
The first set was a close affair with Andy Clayton hitting the three-metre line in the first swing of the match. IBB Polonia stayed hot on the tails of Northumbria before edging a small advantage going into the second technical time out. The determination of the Polonia players showed as Dorian Poinc was hitting hard through the wing, taking the set 25-22.
Irish international, Robert Nicolson, got Polonia off to a strong start with a seven-point lead from the service line. Northumbria changed setters, taking Federico Pagliara off and replacing him with Rupert Scott. Scott and Clayton connected through a dig set quick attack to start their comeback. With a controversial end to the set, Northumbria jumped ahead at 23 all to take the set 25-23 and level the scores.
More changes on the Northumbria side made it hard for Polonia to get in the set, with Nathan Fullerton hitting hard through the opposite. The London side were raring to take the lead with Mateusz Dziwierek rallying this team through solid attacking but the side again fell short with too many unforced errors gifting Northumbria a 2-1 set lead.
Northumbria saw the home straight and pushed ahead to build a three-point lead in the final set of the match which they managed to hold onto throughout with great defence from captain Adam Bradbury making it hard for Polonia to hit winners. Northumbria finished the match with a four-point service run from Clayton, taking the set 25-20.
Polonia will have to come from behind tomorrow to force a deciding Golden set if they are to retain their League Finals title, whereas Team Northumbria are just one win away from doing the triple this season – BUCS Finals, Cup Finals and League Finals.
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.