It was a good week for the JBT volleyball teams, with the mixed squad continuing their winning streak against Sandwick to open up a gap in the league, and the men gaining a hard-fought victory over the same opposition in the men’s league. Their results were mirrored by DITT Globetrotters who also had wins in both the mixed and men’s leagues, defeating Sandwick and Harry’s Hotspurs respectively.
BP Sullom Voe Men’s League
JBT 3, Sandwick 1
(21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20)
Sandwick settled into their rhythm straight from the first JBT service and with some good placement of the ball managed to take an early 5-1 lead. JBT closed the gap gradually to 8-8 with some good consistent serving from both Joshua Morrison and James Aitken.
The set was evenly matched throughout, but great teamwork from Sandwick allowed them to pull away with a five-point lead to make it 23-18. Good defensive pick-ups by Gary Teale kept JBT in the set and allowed them to try a minor comeback to get to within two points, before a composed Sandwick side closed out the first set 25-21 with a little help by miscommunication in the JBT team.
The second set started with the two teams having a change in fortunes, with good composure and team work by JBT allowing them to secure an early 8-3 lead. Accurate setting and spiking of the ball from JBT increased their lead to 18-11.
Good serving from Thomas Smith and Iain White gave JBT problems and decreased the margin to within a few points to 20-17. JBT won back serve and served out the set with the winning point coming from a great and exciting rally with good defensive pick-ups which kept it going. There was good setting from Joshua Morrison throughout the second set.
The third set followed the same suit as the second set, with JBT’s good teamwork giving them an early advantage at 8-2. Great defensive play and commitment kept Sandwick in the game and close in points. Strong serving from Gary Teale managed to extend JBT’s lead to 15-8, from then on the service went back and forth evenly to the end of the set with JBT winning 25-18.
The fourth set was very even with both sides playing very well together and setting up opportunities to win the rally. This continued with only the marginally better teamwork and accuracy of play giving JBT a narrow lead at 23-17, along with good spiking from Gary Teale and Ben Laurenson. A late comeback from Sandwick added some pressure to the JBT team who held out to win the fourth set and the match 3-1.
Most valuable player for JBT was Joshua Morrison for his consistent setting while for Sandwick it was Jim Morris for his committed defensive pickups.
DITT Globetrotters 3, Harry’s Hotspurs 0
No report was received.
Intersport Mixed League
Sandwick 1, JBT 3
(20-25, 25-19, 19-25, 22-25)
The game started very competitively but it was Sandwick who grabbed the early lead at 5-1. JBT managed to keep Sandwick within their sights and eventually managed to close the gap and take the lead thanks to some composed three-touch play. Sandwick made JBT work hard for the win but it was JBT who turned around the set and won it 25-20.
The second set featured some great setting from JBT’s Louise Birnie who kept supplying her team mates with attacking opportunities. Sandwick kept their composure and built some strong attacks of their own and eventually claimed the set by by 25-19, levelling the match at a set apiece.
A strong hit followed by good serving by Jordan Morrison gave JBT an early 6-1 lead. Sandwick didn’t let them get away too far though with strong hits by Kevin Smith. However, they couldn’t close the gap and JBT won the set 25-19.
Although JBT started strong on the next set good serving by Sverre Riise edged Sandwick into a 7-4 lead. The game continued to be close until 15-15. Neither of the teams managed to gain the upper hand until JBT proved they were stronger and edged out the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.
MVPs were Kevin Smith for Sandwick and Monica Los for JBT.
Harry’s Hotspurs 0, DITT Globetrotters 3
(6-25, 11-25, 9-25)
After a slow start DITT took a 9-3 lead. Lauren White produced some good consistent serving for DITT who connected well as a team and built up a good lead, going on to win the set 25-6.
Spurs won the first point of the second set with a good touch but accurate serving from Valeska Voelschow gave DITT a 9-2 lead. After a time-out the score was 14-2 to DITT. Good serving from Louise Moar got Hotspurs way back into the game with strong hits from Kevin Moar further assisting. DITT were more cohesive, however, and won the set 25-11.
The third set started with the first five points close, point for point. Spurs made a substitution and came back into the game but DITT were the better team and led 20-8. Charlotte Smith displayed some good serving and DITT won the set 25-9 and the game 3-0.
MVPs were Kevin Moar for Hotspurs and Valeska Voelschow for DITT.
There are no fixtures tonight. The next round of matches are on Friday 20th November at the Clickimin Centre. Ladies’ league: JBT Ladies v Bench Warmers at 7pm; Sandwick v LadySpurs at 9pm.