Saracens miss out
In an encounter that saw both junior Volleyball clubs playing on the same evening against Deans (Lincoln College) the youngsters all came home disappointed.
With Lions playing the first game they very quickly went behind 13-2 with steady consistent serving by Edward Arnott. Then with the score at 22-8 Lions slowly clawed back into the game at 23-15 with good serving from Justyina Ododzinska. However this was too little too late by Lions and Deans went on to take the first set without losing any more points.
The second set was fairly well matched with consistent volleyball being played by both sides, with Deans only edging slightly. However good serving from Deans captain Andrew Usher put Deans into a 17-10 lead. Whilst Lions did all they could to get back into the game, quality play and serving from Alex Brown took the second set 25-13 for Deans.
With time of the essence in order to fit in the second game the third set was played only to 15 points which Deans quickly accumulated again through accurate and consistent serving by Brown. The final score was 3-0 to Deans 25-15, 25-13, 15-6. Player of the match for Saracens was Ben Taylor in only his second game for the club.
The second game started with Saracens receiving service but Deans yet again managed to edge slowly ahead but Saracens managed to stay in touch at 11-7. Deans managed to extend their lead to 19-11 and carried on to take the first set comfortably at 25-15.
However Saracens were up for the challenge having won their last game so confidence was high. Despite this the scores remained even throughout most of set with the lead regularly changing hands. However with Josh Bristow serving for Saracens they managed to see out the set with a 25-21 result.
Again with time having to be curtailed the third set became the decider which started disastrously for Saracens who very quickly went 7-0 down with Aaron Hoodless doing the damage with his serving. However Spalding slowly gained some ground and pulled the score back to 11-7. However more strong play and serving from Michael Copleton again gave Deans a strong advantage. This time it proved too much for Saracens to recover from and Deans went to take the set 25-11.
Deans is a college team based in Lincoln taking its players from the College and the associated academy. Meanwhile the two Spalding teams are from Spalding Youth Volleyball (aged 13-18) who play and train at Spalding Grammar school on Thursday evenings at 6.30. If anyone is interested in joining the club just come along to the Grammar school or contact Tim on 07506 409308 or email . In Spalding there is also a junior club (Age 10-12) who train on Mondays. Contact details are as above.