Malory conquer Docklands as season comes to an end
National League Division One London Malory 3 Docklands 1 LONDON DOCKLANDS volleyball completed their National League season with a narrow loss against old foes Malory. Docklands welcomed back captain Alexis Blair and he was brought into the starting line
National League Division One
London Malory 3 Docklands 1
LONDON DOCKLANDS volleyball completed their National League season with a narrow loss against old foes Malory.
Docklands welcomed back captain Alexis Blair and he was brought into the starting line-up along with Wayne Davies.
Docklands started slowly, but two disputed Malory rotation faults in a row, followed by a yellow card for captain Richard Dobell, saw Docklands take the lead at 5-3.
A block by Alex Gaitan on Darius Setsoafia consolidated his side's lead at 10-9, but that would prove to be the last time Docklands were in front in set one, as Malory won 25-20.
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In the second, Docklands kept pace with their hosts until the score reached 13-13.
Then three consecutive Docklands' errors gifted Malory the lead which they would not relinquish, as they eventually ran out 25-19 winners.
For set three, Legrand made one final change, introducing 19-year-old setter Marc Schaepertoens.
Docklands were keen that this was not to be their final set of the season and after a cautious start they began to play with more confidence and took the game to the home side, winning the set.
The home side were in no mood to face the lottery of a fifth set and started set four on fire, leading 23-15.
The visitors showed great heart however and struck back, reducing Malory's lead to just one point, 24-23.
However, the home side were too strong and held out to claim the set and the 3-1 win.
Docklands: Davies, Schaepertoens, Halatchev, Hitchcock, Senatore, Gai-tan, Blake, M Sliti, Blair, Y Sliti, Mills.