There’s no university challenge for Docklands

LONDON DOCKLANDS returned to the volleyball court for the first time in almost a month to defeat bottom of the league Cambridge. The newly-promoted side were beaten in straight sets by Ian Legrand s team at the Manor CC on Saturday. It was Docklands fi

LONDON DOCKLANDS returned to the volleyball court for the first time in almost a month to defeat bottom of the league Cambridge.

The newly-promoted side were beaten in straight sets by Ian Legrand's team at the Manor CC on Saturday.

It was Docklands' fifth win on the bounce and leaves them second in Men's National League Division One, two points behind leaders Sheffield.

Docklands coach Legrand said: "After such a long break it was good to get back on court.


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"Considering this we played well and when the game was tight in the middle of the third set we had the confidence and ability to work through it.

"This all bodes well for next week, but it's a big step up in level."

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After a slow start, Docklands started to dominate their hosts as blocks by Martin Blake and George Uzunov took them 15-8 up. All Docklands' attackers were producing winners whilst an ace by Boris Halatchev sealed a 25-15 first set win.

Mohammed Sliti and Halatchev starred for the visitors in the second set and after a block by Andy Vincett, Docklands looked in control at 18-10. A slight loss of concentration by the away side gave Cambridge some hope, but kills by Sliti and Alexis Blair restored Docklands' advantage and a smash by Wayne Davies closed out the set 25-17.

When a block by Halatchev took Docklands 13-7 up it looked as though Docklands would stroll to an easy third set win.

But a combination of lacklustre Docklands play and Cambridge service pressure saw the home side level the scores at 15-15.

Two quick points by Sliti and Halatchev, followed by a Cambridge error, undid all their good work as Docklands awoke from their brief slumber.

A service run by Halatchev underpinned Docklands' dominance and a kill by Blair finished off the set 25-19.

Docklands host Malory at Bacon's College on Saturday in a top of the table clash.

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