Runaway Express see off Sandwick II and DITT deconstruct Burra bit by bit
LADYBOY Express beat Sandwick II convincingly in volleyball’s Division One while in Division Two DITT saw off the challenge of Burra.
Sandwick II 0, LadyBoy Express 3
(20-25, 10-25, 19-25)
A good rally brought the first point of this match to LBE. Nice play from Sandwick followed with Tomas Smith getting some points for his team. Great blocking from Sandwick slowed the attack from Denise Morrison and Colin Grant. With a close first set, LBE started to extend their lead and take control of the game. Good setting from Mike Bradley of LBE created opportunities but once again a solid defence from Sandwick’s Kaye Riise and Euan Ellis meant they were unable to finish the point. Sandwick got back to within four points, but it was not enough as LBE won the first set.
Sandwick lost concentration to give away too many points. This, combined with good serving and blocking from LBE, gave an extended lead to LBE. Kevin Smith of Sandwick stepped up and with some good spiking gave the local cheerleaders something to sing about as another epic rally ended with the point going to Sandwick. There was some great work from both teams, but again LBE took a convincing lead and easily won set two.
A very close third set saw both teams setting, hitting and blocking to a high standard. There was nothing to separate the two teams. Good serving from Brydon Leask and accurate tipping from Colin Grant helped LBE to ease ahead. Sandwick did rally and showed great team spirit but unfortunately it was not enough as LBE won the last set with strong play.
MVPs were Kevin Smith and Kaye Riise for Sandwick II, while Colin Grant and Denise Morrison were best for LadyBoy Express.
JBT II 0, JBT I 3
Points awarded to JBT I as JBT II failed to field a team.
DITT Globetrotters 3, Burra 0
(25-8, 25-18, 25-11)
The first set got off to a good start from both sides, with each team playing well and creating some active rallies – a particularly good dive was seen from DITT’s Anne Mouat. Further on into the match both teams were attacking at every opportunity with DITT’s Juergen Kurtz performing some great serving, while Burra showed some overall good play. At 20-8 Burra called a time out. However it was to little avail as DITT carried on their fine form to win the 25-8.
In the second set changes were made on both teams. Burra came on more determined not to allow DITT to pull away, and this showed with some fine serving from Steven Hendry and good hitting by Richard Manson. Burra took the lead at 7-5 and for the next few points it was fairly even play which helped create some consistent and good paced rallies. At 10-10 DITT pulled together and with some fierce playing tested Burra’s ability to defend. DITT pulled ahead, but with some great play from both teams Burra began to narrow the gap. This, however, was not enough as DITT went on to win the set.
Changes were made again on both sides for set three and early on it was clear DITT had brought on a well rested player in the form of Colin Kirkness. He came on chomping at the bit and smashed some balls over the net. Anne Mouat had gathered strength again with some powerful serves, leaving Burra floundering. However some strong serves by Burra’s Rebecca Riley won them a few points. At 15-7 Burra called a time out, clearly needing to regain focus to try and close the gap. There followed some great rallies, one of which was explosive. But DITT continued to pull ahead and eventually took the final set 25-11, but not without a good fight from Burra.
MVPs for DITT were Karl Sinclair and Anne Mouat, while Rebecca Riley and Steven Hendry took the honours for Burra.
Shetland Ladies 1, Harry’s Hotspurs 3
(17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 17-25)
No match report received.
There are no League matches this weekend. Instead there is a hat night tonight at the Clickimin Centre from 7pm-11pm for players of all levels, aged 14 and over. Registration is from 6.45pm-7pm.