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Sitting Teams book places in Grand Prix Semi Finals

15th February 2015

Sitting Teams book places in Grand Prix Semi Finals

The Sitting Grand Prix Series drew to a close for the 2014-15 Season as the Semi Finalist were confirmed.

The Sitting Semi Finals will take place at the University of East London, on Saturday 27th February 2016, the Semi Finals are as follows;
Semi Final 1: East London Lynx vs Lincoln Imps
Semi Final 2: Battle Back A vs Newcastle Staffs

In Tier 1, the final Grand Prix of the season saw East London Lynx continue their dominant form clinching their 5th Grand Prix Series victory to make it a season clean sweep. While the battle between the next three teams has been close all season long, Battle Back A, Newcastle Staffs and Lincoln Imps have all had the beating of each other at one point during the season. However during Grand Prix V, Battle Back A and Newcastle Staffs narrowly edged Lincoln Imps in the overall standings by sets won, with Battle Back A beating Newcastle Staffs into the 2nd spot on sets ratio. Essex Pirates fought hard on their Tier 1 season debut and put on an admirable showing despite facing the top four teams at the top of their game. The closest matches of the day involved Newcastle Staffs, who twice won 2-1, and once lost 2-1, the closest of these being Newcastle Staffs narrow victory over Battle Back A 2-1 (25-22, 16-25, 15-13), and their narrow defeat to Lincoln Imps 2-1 (25-22, 25-27, 16-14).

The Tier 1 MVP was shared between a number of players who all received the same number of MVP votes; Ed Dawson (Newcastle Staffs) (possibly one of the Grand Prix’s youngest ever players), Ned Groj (East London Lynx), Ben Richards (Lincoln Imps), Tony Harris (Battle Back B), Phil Smith (Essex Pirates), and Jeanette Abu-Bodie (Essex Pirates). With so many players sharing the spoils it really was a fitting end this seasons Grand Prix Series.

In Tier 2, Portsmouth demonstrated why they had spent most of the season in Tier 1 with a skilful display to clinch the top spot in Tier 2. Battle Back B and Manchester Marvels 2 both secured 2 victories a piece, with Battle Back B securing more Bonus Points* they take 2nd place in Tier 2. One of the matches of the day saw Canterbury Wyverns narrowly defeat Manchester Marvels 1 2-0 (25-23, 26-24).

The Tier 2 MVP was also shared between a number of players; Lamin Manneh (Manchester Marvels 2), Jockim Pierre (Battle Back B), and Dave Williamson (Portsmouth).

Full results for the fifth Grand Prix can be found here.

*in Tier 2, up to a maximum of 6 bonus points can be awarded per match for each disabled player that is on court for a completed rally.

Why not try your hand at Sitting Volleyball and test your Team against the best Sitting Volleyball Players in the country. Enter your Club’s Team into the Sitting Volleyball Cup which is open to all Volleyball England registered Clubs. The entry form can be found here. For more information please contact competitions@volleyballengland.org

 

Sitting Teams book places in Grand Prix Semi Finals