Semi-finalists confirmed in Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix
19th February 2019
(Main pic: Phil Smith)
The line-up for the semi-finals of the Sitting Grand Prix finals are now confirmed, after the curtain came down on the regular season at the weekend.
There was another excellent turn out for the fifth and final Grand Prix of the season, with 12 teams at the National Volleyball Centre to take part.
It was tense in the top tier with the teams battling it out to ensure they would gain enough points to seal a spot in the top four of the overall league standings to qualify for the semi-finals. While all the teams will also have the Sitting Volleyball Cup to look forward to on April 14th.
After the day’s play, it was Sheffield VC, East London Lynx, Help 4 Heroes A and South Hants who progressed through to the semi-finals in March, to play for a spot in the prestigious Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Final at the Cup Finals in April.
There were some twists and turns in the overall standings though which have made for an interesting semi-final draw…
Reigning Sitting Volleyball champions Sheffield VC showed they will take some stopping from defending their title with an impressive showing. They won all four of their matches to take maximum points from the Grand Prix. They defeated the three other semi-finalists, as well as Lincoln Imps.
This put real pressure on their rivals East London Lynx as they had been top of the overall standings going in the final the Grand Prix. One of the superpowers of the sport, they had another mixed event though as they also lost to Help 4 Heroes A, while gaining wins over South Hants and Lincoln Imps, both in three sets.
Challengers South Hants and Help 4 Heroes A also both won two matches each. Hants overcame Help 4 Heroes and Lincoln, while Help 4 Heroes ousted Lincoln and East London Lynx. This meant there was a three-way tie for second spot in tier one. South Hants SVC edged into second with most sets won, East London Lynx in third and Help 4 Heroes in fourth. While winless Lincoln propped up the table.
The MVPs in tier one were Helen Moseley (South Hants), Mark Speake (East London Lynx), and Tyley McLarron (Lincoln Imps).
This meant South Hants sealed their spot in the Sitting Volleyball semi-finals as they finished fourth in the overall standings. Help 4 Heroes finished third, while Sheffield VC and East London Lynx were tied at the top on 88 points.
A countback on total match points throughout the season was required to split them and the team from the steel city came out top, with Lynx having to settle for second.
This means the line-up for the semi-finals on Sunday March 24th at the National Volleyball Centre will be:
Sheffield vs. South Hants
East London Lynx vs. Help 4 Heroes A
The winning teams will then meet in the prestigious final at the National Cup Finals weekend on April 27/28 to see who will be crowned national champions.
There was a brilliant day’s play in the second tier with seven teams all playing each other in matches which were just one set shoot outs. It was a festival of sitting volleyball!
Essex Pirates swashbuckled their way to winning all of their games, however, bonus points meant that they had to settle for third spot. Top spot was claimed by Help 4 Heroes who won four matches and scored the most bonus points, while following relegation from tier one last time out, Loughborough Fusion enjoyed being back in the second tier to claim five victories and second spot.
Sitting Bucks capped off a brilliant debut season in the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix by finishing fourth. Fellow debutants City of Salford registered two wins to take fifth spot.
Propping up the table were Pink Panthers in sixth, while the South Hants 2 were in seventh spot.
The tier two MVP was Steve Allen of City of Salford.
It’s been a brilliant year for the Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix with new teams entering and great numbers of teams at the events. More people are finding out how inclusive and fun the sport is and this year has seen the record number of teams entering a single Grand Prix, since the competition began nearly 10 years ago.