THE weekend’s volleyball matches resulted in wins for JBT I in the first division and DITT Globetrotters in the second, both by three sets to nil.
Sandwick II 0, JBT I 3
(8-25, 23-25, 20-25)
Sandwick took an early lead in the first set with a great hit from Kevin “Pundy” Smith. The game continued evenly with good plays from both teams but JBT took the first real advantage with good serving from Monika Los making the score 5-11.
JBT, showing no mercy, piled the pressure on Sandwick. They played their game and only allowed the visitors a further three points in the set to take it 25-8.
Naomi Johnson started set two well for JBT but Sandwick picked their tails up from the floor and brought the score level at eight apiece. The revival only lasted until Mark Loynd got into his stride. Showing some good attacking prowess, he pushed JBT into a 20-12 lead.
A different Sandwick side then seemed to emerge as they clawed their way back into contention to within one point at 24-23. The town side just managed to keep their composure and finish off the last point to take the second set and a commanding lead in the game.
JBT start the third set like the last by opening up an early lead this time thanks to the serving of Donna Murray. Sandwick reacted more quickly this time round and came back with some fancy serving of their own from Joan Smith, taking the score to 5-3.
Undaunted, JBT started attacking with clinical precision from Loynd and Jill Hibbert to make the score 15-9. When Sandwick’s Kaye Riise had to leave the court with an injury they had to reshuffle but they stayed in contention with only three points in it.
JBT were still attacking well but it was Pundy who found the form he was looking for with some great hitting and blocking. Unfortunately for him and his side it was too little too late as JBT changed their approach and finished off the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.
Best on the night for Sandwick II were Kevin Smith and Kay Riise. For JBT I it was Mark Loynd and Monika Los.
DITT Globetrotters 3, JBT Juniors 0
(25-12, 26-24, 25-21)
The game began with both teams evenly matched for the first few points. DITT were the first to settle into the game and quickly began to take a strong lead. They demonstrated some good attacking play through Karl Sinclair, Colin Kirkness and Juergen Kurtz.
JBT tried hard to stay in the game, taking advantage of some good setting by Joshua Morrison. However, some excellent blocking by Sinclair, Simon Skinner and Anne Mouat ensured that DITT continued to lead the set, looking the stronger and more dominant side. Kirkness sealed the first set for DITT with a deceptive drop shot, bringing the score to 25-12.
JBT came out for the second set more determined, but DITT had already found their stride and settled into the set quickly. Good serving by James Aitken and good hitting from Haydn Thomason allowed JBT to grow in confidence. The score was fairly close for most of the set but DITT managed to regain their lead.
A time-out called by JBT appeared to boost the young side and at a critical stage in the game, some fine serving by Lewis Anderson forced DITT to make some fatal errors bringing the score to 24-24. An important spike by Karl Sinclair gave DITT a one-point advantage closely followed by another point won by Kurtz.
In the third set the fight continued with both teams determined to be victorious. DITT continued to be the more dominant team with some good all round play from Sinclair and Kirkness. JBT were unlucky on several occasions but were never able to break a strong DITT side.
MVPs for DITT Globetrotters were Karl Sinclair and Anne Mouat while James Aitken and Lewis Anderson took the honours for JBT juniors.
League tables can be viewed at www.shetlandvolleyball.com
Tonight – Clickimin Centre: JBT I v JBT II at 7pm (first referee Harry’s Hotspurs, second referee SLVC); Harry’s Hotspurs v SLVC at 9pm (first referee JBT I, second referee JBT II).
Sandwick games hall: Burra v DITT Globetrotters at 6.30pm (first referee LadyBoy Express, second referee Sandwick II); LadyBoy Express v Sandwick II at 8.30pm (first referee Burra, second referee DITT Globetrotters).