HEYVA Local League
Hull Thundercats 3-1 Barton Blockers Junior
So first up were Thundercats taking on Barton’s second team the juniors and with another few weeks of solid training under their belts the inexperienced team would face much easier opposition then they had in their previous match.
Right from the off Thundercats showed considerable improvement from the previous performance with everyone no familiar with rotations. A good blocking performance on the first set help Hull to a comfortable 25-18 victory in the 1st set.
A poor start to the second set for Thundercats gave Barton hope and with them in a comfortable 3-10 lead Ryan Verity went on a remarkable service run of 7 aces to bring the set back to 10-10. That was to be the highlight of the set though for Thunder as they never really got to the same performance level as the first set with Barton eventually running out 20-25 winners.
So with the scores matched at 1 set apiece , Hull began to rediscover the groove they’d been in in the first set and took the game back to the Juniors. Boris Borisov lead the charge with his dominant spiking helping the team to a 25-21 win in the 3rd set.
Into the 4th set and Thundercats kept up the momentum and showed that they could do very well this season if they can keep improving like this. Helena Tauchmanova showing that’s it’s not just the men that can hit big with some very impressive hitting helping the team to a 25-18 set and match win.
Thundercats will be hoping they can use this as a building block going forward this season with the hitting of player of the match Helena Tauchmanova and Boris Borisov an especially big positive. Next up they face Holderness Cobras at the end of the month.
Ladies Yorkshire Premier League
Hull Thunder Ladies 3-2 Leeds Volleyball Club
Second game of the day saw Hull Thunder Ladies taking on Leeds Volleyball Club in what turned out to be a very tight and exciting encounter. Thunder were boasting a full squad for the fixture and some of the ladies had already played some part in the prior local league fixture.
Despite a positive start aided by some fine defensive work including a superb diving save from Jeki Sonsena. Thunder struggled to cope with a strong Leeds side that had clearly come for the win and they did win the opening set 21-25.
On to the second set and again Hull started well, using their serve to great effect. But multiple unforced errors led to Hull losing the 2nd set 22-25, giving themselves a mountain to climb if they were to win this encounter.
So after a few inspirational words and with nothing now to lose Thunder spared to throw caution to the win and began to play their own game. And roared on by the now trademark support from the bench they produced a great team performance with some exceptional receiving, setting and spiking in the 3rd set taking it a comfortable 25-14.
Buoyed by the performance in the previous set and still with nothing to lose Hull kept their cool and maintained their standard of play. As their confidence built so did the noise the team were making and they cruised to victory 25-15.
With the sides now locked at 2-2 in sets it was down to a final set best of 15 decider and the Hull Thunder Ladies were on to complete one hell of a come back from 2 sets down. The momentum of the game was now firmly in Hulls favour and Leeds try as they might simply could not put do the strong Hull defence who receive well keeping the ball rolling for the offence to do the damage they had done for the previous 2 sets. In what was a truest remarkable comeback Thunder took the final set 15-9 to the elation of the team and all the Hull support watching.
So the ladies maintain there 100% start to the season having won 3 out of 3 and will surely be pleased with the character they showed to win the this manner. For the second time today special mention has to go to Helena Tauchmanova whom was
Vote Player of the Match and also a bit mention to Emma Richardson whose experienced setting was one of the main catalysts for the come back victory.
Men’s Yorkshire Premier League
Hull Thunder Men 3-0 Barton Blockers Volleyball Club
Well after the excitement of the previous game it was down to the Yorkshire Prem Men’s team to cap off a good day for Thunder as they took on local rivals Barton Blockers. Thunder boasted a strong team as some of the NVL players dropped down to gain extra match sharpness.
Hull took the game to Barton straight from the off with Rob Kammer and Adam Kupka showing their quality in attack. Hull even had the luxury of been able to use all thir subs in the first set including changing Libero to get everyone into the game early. More good hitting from the likes of Urban Frackiewicz and Eriks Kolicev meant Hull ran out 25-13 wins.
On to the 2nd set having dominated the first set Thunder appeared to take their foot off the gas and became a little bit sloppy giving Barton more chances. Barton to ok full advantage of this taking an 18-14 lead into the closing stages of the set. Fearing losing their first set of the season Thunder made a change with Lewis Foster unfortunate to be replaced by Adam Kupka which helped add a little more fire power to the attack enabling Hull to pull it back to take the set 25-21.
After been pushed close in the previous set Hull maintained a strong starting team against a stubborn Barton side determined not to go down in straight sets. Barton were forced into a couple of Technical Timeouts as Thunder start to show their dominance once more. With Eriks Kolicev once again providing some well placed spikes Hull finished the tie with a 25-19 3rd set victory.
So Hull Men’s team could not match the drama of the Ladies game but maintain there 100% start to the season and have yet to drop a set. Player of the match went to Eriks Kolicev for his consistent attacking work and exceptional passing. With special mention going to setter Daniel Foster who spread the attack well all game and kept the Barton Blockers guessing.
All in all a very successful day for the club 3 wins out of 3 and some great team and individual performances. A massive thank you to everyone who came down to referee, second referee, score, set up or just support. And also a thanks to the club we played for the spirit and sporting way you performed we look forward to facing you again soon.
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