Sitting Volleyball Grand Prix IV – round up
29th January 2013
The first Sitting Grand Prix of the year took place at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering on Sunday 27th January.
With anticipation for the finals drawing closer all teams were eager to put themselves in the best position possible – and the result was some thrilling sitting volleyball action..
The battle for the top spot once again came down to a fight between East London Lynx and Ashcombe Surrey Gators. Ashcombe took the opener in what was a closely contested set but Lynx fought hard to take back the second set and level the scores. But it was Ashcombe seemed to want it more on the day and accelerated in the decider to take the set 15-7.
Next up it was the turn of Lincoln Imps who earned promotion to Tier 1 last time around. After some mixed results early, Imps managed to finish strongly by beating Loughborough Lions and Portsmouth to secure third spot and retain their place in Tier 1 for the next Grand Prix.
Elsewhere Loughborough Lions had the toughest start to the day after drawing Tier 1’s strongest teams, London Lynx and Ashcombe Surrey Gators. Both of these teams proved to be too strong for Lions who found themselves in the relegation battle with Portsmouth.
The final game for Lions became a must win match against Portsmouth who had also lost all of their games throughout the day. In the end Lions comfortably won the match which meant Portsmouth were the team relegated to Tier 2.
In Tier 2 the battle for promotion to Tier 1 was always going to be a hotly contested affair with Battleback looking to return to the top tier after being relegated in the last Grand Prix. Other promotion contenders included Essex Pirates who have narrowly missed out on the last two Grand Prix events.
After a tough round of matches it all came down to a promotion decider between and Battleback. Essex started off well and took the opening set, but Battleback, true to their name – fought hard and dominated the play to take the next two sets and clinch promotion back up into Tier 1.
Elsewhere Sainsbury’s 6 surprised themselves, after their earlier defeat to Battleback and went on to win their next two games, showing just how far they’ve come as a team. Following this good form they entered the battle for second place but eventually lost out to a determined Essex Pirates side.
In battle for fourth and fifth in Tier 2 Kent & Beds faced Canterbury City Wyverns. The first set was closely contested with Kent & Beds taking the victory and momentum and went on to win the match, which meant that Wyverns finished bottom this time around.
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