South Hants hit the top at second Sitting Grand Prix
24th October 2019
The second Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix of the season was a fascinating weekend as things were shook up in the overall table – and the race for the Grand Prix finals.
After ten years of hard work building a club, South Hants were in fine form to top Tier 1 for the first time ever!
The battle for top spot came down to Hants and Help4Heroes A – who had topped tier one last time out. They each won their other two matches so their head-to-head proved decisive in the race for first.
It was a classic match with the excellent Help4Heroes A powering their way to the first set 25-15. It seemed that only sparked the best out of South Hants. In the second set they found more rhythm and ensured the match went the distance, winning the second 25-19.
Momentum looked key in the decider as Hants never let up, winning it 15-7. The team were delighted, sharing their success on their team Facebook page, and more importantly gaining maximum points from the Grand Prix saw them go level with Help4Heroes at the top of the overall standings.
While Hants and Help4Heroes A were first and second, Lincoln Imps and Help4Heroes B played off in the decisive game at the other end of the four-team group. After each lost to the top teams, it was the Imps who were got the victory and ensured they remained in the top tier for the next Grand Prix. They won in straight sets (25-13, 25-13). That means Help4Heroes return to the second tier, after they were promoted in the first Grand Prix.
Although they were relegated, Help4Heroes B will have been delighted that Angie Fairburn was voted as the Most Valuable Player.
With three teams, in tier two each of East London Lynx, Sitting Bucks and Essex Pirates all faced off twice to decide the standings.
It was a surprise to see one of the giants of the game relegated to Tier 2 at the previous Grand Prix, but it was not a shock to see East London Lynx bounce straight back. They won all four of their games in straight sets.
Sitting Bucks finished runners-up in the table as they enjoyed double success over Essex Pirates, leaving the Pirates winless. Although there were two good encounters.
The Pirates did not all go home empty handed though as the Pirates’ Helen Sole shared with MVP award with East Lynx’s Vicky Widdup.
With reigning Sitting Volleyball champions Sheffield VC not able to enter a team this time and East London Lynx recovering from relegation, the overall standings have a new look to them. With Help4HeroesA and South Hants sharing top spot, Lincoln in third and Help4Heroes B sharing fourth with Lynx.
The next Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix is on Sunday 8th December. New sitting volleyball teams are always welcome.