Sitting Grand Prix off to flying start
20th September 2015
The first Sitting Grand Prix of the season took place at the Ashcombe Volleyball Centre in Dorking on Sunday 20th September, which featured many familiar faces from last season as well as some eager new recruits.
Tier 1 of the competition included the top four teams from last season’s Grand Prix series. Defending champions, East London Lynx were looking for a strong display to demonstrate they were still the team to beat.
There were a number of close matches in Tier 1 with Newcastle Staffs playing to three sets in each of their three matches. Their first match saw a close encounter with H4H Phoenix A. The match went into a third set which went in the favour of H4H Phoenix A 15-8. Their second and third matches respectively followed suit in that they just couldn’t see the final set out. It was still a very successful day for Newcastle Staffs as they finished the day in second place in Tier 1. East London Lynx on the other hand had no problems with claiming victory as they stormed Tier 1 with three victories from three. Their first victory came after a powerful performance against Lincoln 2-0 (25-9, 25-15). East London Lynx had to work for their wins in their final two matches as both H4H Phoenix A and Newcastle Staffs took the matches to a third set. However East London Lynx showed why they are reigning Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix Series champions as they were able to claim maximum points from their final matches and claim top spot in Tier 1.
Tier 1 MVP – Tyler McClarron, Lincoln Imps and C. Francis Nduka, Help4Heroes Phoenix A.
Tier 2 welcomed some established teams back to the Grand Prix, with Portsmouth showing their credentials with three wins from three and a place in Tier 1 in GP 2. They didn’t have it all their own way with Essex Pirates making them work for their final victory of the day by sending the match into a third set. In the end however Portsmouth’s experience came through and they took the set and the points 2-1 (25-14, 15-25, 15-12) H4H Phoenix B claimed second spot in the tier as they were able to claim victory over Essex pirates in a match that swung both ways until H4H Phoenix B took control in the third and took the win 2-1 (25-17, 11-25, 15-11). Wyverns were able to end their day on a high with victory over H4H Phoenix B. Some strong serving and fantastic at the net blocking saw them claim a 2-0 victory (25-17, 28-26).
Tier 2 MVP – 12 players all received 1 vote, demonstrating how close and competitive Tier 2 was.
Jonathan Moore, Volleyball England Competitions Manager, commented, “It was great to have a number of new faces playing and volunteering at the Grand Prix, which is great for Sitting Volleyball and demonstrates growing interest in the sport. The new players will hopefully be inspired by the experience they have gained here today. I would like to thank the volunteers who really do make events like this better, their hard work and dedication is vital to the Grand Prix.”
A big thank you should go out to the Ashcombe Volleyball Centre, and the Ashcombe Volleyball Club who continue to show their support for Sitting Volleyball.