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Double joy for York Men's Volleyball team
1:37pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
York Men’s National Volleyball League squad followed up last week’s cup win with a double victory in Darlington.
They beat Scorpions Polonia Leicester 3-1 and then edged hosts Haughton Darlington 3-2, and all despite missing the injured Slawek Sokolowski.
In their first match against Leicester, York were pumped up and, after some early exchanges, took the initiative, with Peter Houston’s serve pushing them into a 12-8 lead. But Leicester countered and too many hitting and serving errors saw York lose the set 25-22.
The line-up changed for the second set where there were some massive spikes from the Polish trio of Adam Kupka, Adam Meszczynski and Bartek Bakowski to underpin York’s 26-24 win of the set and to trail by just one point at the midway stage.
In the third set, York took control with seven serves from Meszczynski, while Roman Ashauer was called in again to provide more height at the net as York cruised to a 25-19 set win, with strong attacks from Kupka and Houston.
With Bakowski, Houston and Meszczynski together on front court in the final set, Leicester found it hard to make a successful attack and York pulled away to lead 16-12. It was tense, but York continued to win side-outs effectively and maintained the lead all the way to the finish, taking the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.
York knew their second game against Haughton would be tougher as the hosts had earlier lashed Leicester 3-1.
A pulsating first set saw Haughton take an early lead and York had to fight hard to catch up.
At 19-16 the set seemed to be heading to the Darlington team, but York pulled back the deficit, thanks to six accurate float serves by Turner, to take the score to 22-19. Haughton pulled level at 23-23 and, at 24-23, York called another time-out. The side-out was won, quickly followed by the set winning point as York edged the set 26—24.
Neither team were able to pull away in the second set until a York substitution saw Haughton surge to an 8-1 run of points en route to a 25-19 set win.
York were now down to nine men, as their strong outside spike Kupka was unable to continue. His injured ankle precluded any more jumping.
To compound their misery, York were penalised by the officials for apparently being out of rotation. This took several minutes to resolve, only for the same infringement to be called a few minutes later. Haughton took advantage of the confusion and took the set 25-22.
Houston was a continual threat with his fast attack through the middle, making life a little easier for the outside hitters in the fourth set.
Haughton kept their noses in front and, at 21-19, the end of the match was in sight.
But York kept their nerve and more precise float serves from Mike Turner wrested the initiative away, taking the lead 23-21.
A strong front line of Meszczynski, Houston and Charles ensured the set-winning point at 25-22, taking the game into a fifth tie-break set.
It was all one way traffic in the decider with York dominating at the net.
Meszczynski finally had success with his jump serve, forcing York into a 7-1 lead, before Haughton’s main attacker Willis reached front court.
Houston piled on more pain from the service line, taking York out of sight at 13-2, with outside hitter Bakowski burying several attacks and stuff blocking the Haughton right side attacker. Haughton were a shadow of their earlier selves and could barely get the ball over the net.
The set ended somewhat anti-climactically at 15-4, but to great celebrations from the York players and their supporters. A great 3-2 win for York in 112 minutes playing time.
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