Volleyball: York rally eclipses Darkstar opponents

Volleyball: York rally eclipses Darkstar opponents

York Volleyball men’s team, from left to right (back row) Adam Meszczynski, James Houston, Adam Kupka and Adam Kowalski; (front row) Mike Turner, Bartek Bakowski, Piotr Makowski and Gerard Lowe

York Volleyball Club ladies, from left to right (back row) Sarah Godson, Justyna Wilner, Francisca Farah, Mariana de la Rosa, Patrycja Kirsz and coach Mike Turner; (front row) Cristina Galvez, Jitka Jizerova, Katie Thorn and Gerda Valik

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

NEVER-SAY-DIE York Volleyball Club hit back from two sets down to beat Darkstar Derbyshire 3-2 and book their place in the semi-finals of the National Shield.

The York men won the deciding set 15-13 at Joseph Rowntree School to avenge their 3-2 defeat to the same opposition in National Volleyball League division three the previous weekend.

York fielded a virtually full-strength squad, missing only one of their setters, the injured Roman Ashauer, but they made too many errors in the opening two sets and lost 25-22 and 25-15.

Adam Kupka came to the fore in the third set and York took it 25-19. York maintained that momentum in the fourth set, which they closed out 25-22.

Neither team were able to gain a real advantage in the decider and, at 13-13, it could have gone either way.

York won the side-out to reach 14-13 and then captain Adam Meszczynski took the crucial final point with a strong block at the net to land the set 15-13. York have a home draw against Northumbria/Middlesbrough Academy, a strong division two side, in the last four on Saturday, March 1.

The day after their Shield triumph, York turned out a depleted squad but still beat Nottingham Rockets 3-1 in the league at York College.

The Rockets pulled back a ten-point deficit to snatch the opening set 27-25. They looked on course to win the second when they came back from 8-1 down to lead 20-19.

However, York prevailed 25-22 and the hosts then came back from a deficit to win the third set 25-22.

Most valuable player Meszczynski ensured York closed out the match with a 25-19 triumph in the fourth set, cementing their second spot in the league table.

Meanwhile, York Ladies made it back-to-back wins in the Yorkshire Premier League with an easy 3-0 success against Leeds.

Good defensive coverage allowed York setter Katie Thorn to unleash a full range of attacks in the first set, which York won 25-14.

York made a host of changes in the second set but the result was the same – one-way traffic and a 25-17 win.

Rather than ease up in the third set, York stormed through it to win 25-11. The top scorer was Spanish middle player Cristina Galvez, who contributed 12 points, including six kills, five winning serves and a block.

Coupled with the previous week’s 3-1 victory at Menwith Hill, the win pushed York to fifth in the Yorkshire Premier League.

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