18th August 2018
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Globetrotters continue winning ways as stubborn resistance from JBT ends

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DITT Globetrotters had another convincing win in last week’s men’s volleyball league, this time against second-placed JBT, while in the other match Sandwick were eventually too good for Harry’s Hotspurs.

BP Sullom Voe Men’s League

DITT Globetrotters 3, JBT 0
(25-22, 27-25, 26-24)

DITT got first serve and soon took a 4-1 lead through great spiking from Karl Sinclair. Both teams used their three touches to good effect and JBT’s Ben Laurenson displayed some accurate spikes of his own to help his team get back level at 17-17. The blocking from both teams was superb and really good to watch, but the Globetrotters came out on top from the first set 25-22.

The second set started with Kevin Jones thumping down a superb spike to give DITT a 1-0 lead. There were some great rallies and pick-ups from both teams and JBT formed a huge lead over DITT by 13-6. But DITT’s Jones replied with some more superb spiking and got his team back in it at 13-11.

Laurenson tried to stop his team losing their hard-earned lead, with he and James Aitken spiking every time the ball came to them. JBT remained ahead at 20-16 but Jones was giving everything he had and got DITT back to 23-22.

A great set allowed Laurenson to spike but Sinclair and Jones got up high to block it brilliantly and DITT got the point. There were long rallies in this set with both teams wanting to win it, but DITT came out on top and won by 27-25.

For the third set JBT made a substitution as Lewis Anderson came off for Joshua Morrison. Morrison was a good switch and with his accurate setting allowed his team mates to spike and score points for JBT.

Simon Skinner performed some great defensive digs to help DITT keep the ball off the floor. Neither team was giving points away cheaply and the scores remained very close throughout. But Jones, again with some superb spiking, gained a 22-20 lead for DITT. Laurenson tried to hit back with some of his own sensational spikes but it was all in vain as DITT won the third set 26-24 and took the match 3-0.

MVP for DITT Globetrotters was Kevin Jones, and for JBT it was Ben Laurenson.

Harry’s Hotspurs 1, Sandwick 3
(25-19, 25-27, 10-25, 20-25)

With only a few games remaining in the men’s league Sandwick took to the floor to play the never-say-die Hotspurs. The opener was close up until the business end of the set at which point Hotspurs pulled ahead to win 25-19.

Set two was another closely-fought affair. There was little to separate the teams again until late in the set when it was Sandwick this time who got the bit between their teeth and pulled ahead. The Hotspurs were forced into a timeout which proved fruitful as they pulled back level. They couldn’t keep it together, however, and Sandwick kept their cool to take the set 27-25.

The third set was starkly different to the first two. Sandwick upped their game and forced their young rivals into making more errors. Hotspurs had no answers to Sandwick’s probing questions and relinquished the set 25-10.

Set four started in the same vein with Sandwick dominating. The Lerwick men made fewer errors but Sandwick kept the set under control. Hotspurs showed their fighting spirit to bring the score within two but the Sandwick men kept to the task and finished off the final set 25-20.

Ramsay Hogg was MVP for Hotspurs and Eric Peterson got the vote for Sandwick.

Fixtures Tonight – BP Sullom Voe Ladies League: LadySpurs v Bench Warmers at 7pm at Clickimin.