25th May 2018
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Laurenson stars as JBT blunt challenge of Harry’s Hotspurs

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The only volleyball match played in the BP Sullom Voe Men’s League saw JBT triumph after a closely-fought battle with Harry’s Hotspurs. In the other scheduled game DITT Globetrotters picked up the points after LHD Drifters failed to field a team.

BP Sullom Voe Men’s League

JBT 3, Harry’s Hotspurs 1
(25-12, 16-25, 25-19, 25-21)

JBT eased into a 4-0 lead with four consistent jump serves from Ben Laurenson and then clever play from James Aitken which took them to a comfortable 9-2 lead.

An excellent pick up from Johnny Hawick and some good team work took the Hotspurs back to 14-6 but some effective blocking from Gary Teale shut this down. JBT dominated most of the opening set and came out on top 25-12.

The second set started evenly at 3-3 but the Hotspurs eased ahead to 5-3. JBT then found their way back into the game, taking the score to 8-5. The Hotspurs were never far away and managed to even up the score to 14-14.

The Hotspurs sneaked ahead to 19-14 due to some poor judgment calls from JBT. With great pressure from Hotspurs this frustrated JBT and the lead grew to 23-16.

JBT called a time out but that did not hinder the Hotspurs as they took the set 25-16. A huge roar from the sidelines supported a confident swag­g­er off court from the Hotspurs.

Set three saw six evenly-matched jump serves to start off the game. Ben Laurenson blew his trumpet too early and this resulted in the Hotspurs coming into the game at 8-3. Some frantic gym floor play gave JBT the opportunity to ease ahead at 11-5.

With some good teamwork and consistent setting from Aaron Sjo­berg, Kevin Moar took advantage with his accurate hitting. Finding the big hole in the middle every time, the Hotspurs clocked up their points to 17-14 and that forced JBT into a time out.

Hotspurs made a tactical substitution and it contributed to an impressive set of rallies between both teams, which in turn turned up the heat in set three. A confusing time out at 23-17 by the Hotspurs saw JBT periodically halted but they eventually emerged victorious at 25-19.

An evenly-contested start to the fourth set with some good hitting and pick-ups saw the Hotspurs take an early lead at 7-5. A good run of serves from Aitken took JBT back into the game at 10-7. With Kyle Duncan showing his goalkeeping skills with some excellent pick-ups, the Hotspurs got back to 12-11.

JBT sneaked ahead at 18-15 with some big hits but poor defending let the Hotspurs down. Ramsay Hogg came on as a substitute to make a big impact on the game by finding the holes and pushing into the corners along with a good run of serves, but JBT ran out winners at 25-21 and took the match by three sets to one.

Most valuable player for JBT was Ben Laurenson while for Harry’s Hotspurs it was Ramsay Hogg.

LHD Drifters 0, DITT Globetrotters 3

The match was awarded 3-0 to DITT Globetrotters as LHD Drifters could not field a team.

Fixtures Tonight – Clickimin Centre (Mixed League): JBT v Harry’s Hotspurs at 7pm; Sandwick v DITT Globetrotters at 9pm.

Sunday – Clickimin Centre (Mixed League): JBT v Sandwick at noon; DITT Globetrotters v Harry’s Hotspurs at 2pm.