The volleyball team from the capital of England played an away match against Essex Blaze on Saturday, 10th February and won in three sets. The newcomers to the division played their hearts out pushing the Champions to the very end of each set. Sadly for them, they were unable to make the last phase of each et count and were the eventual losers. The result was 0:3 (22:25; 24:26; 21:25 for Graban’s charges giving another three points to the league table.
“Despite the fact that Essex train seven times each week, compared to our three, we did sufficient to take the victory. The match was littered with errors from both teams, but the victory is all that counts. Now we can start to focus for the end phase of the season which will determine the champions of 2018.” said Piotr Graban.
“We started confidently and gathered our own rhythm. Despite this mistakes crept in and this allowed Essex to gain some confidence and they became a thorn in our side. I’m pleased we could maintain our advantage throughout and come home victorious. It’s not easy playing there, and do three sets is a great result. We need to analyse some specifics sections of our game and work hard on these elements. We play the same team once again next week and don’t want any nasty surprises.” said middle blocker, Vitor de Oliveira.
The next match is on Saturday, 17th February against Essex Blaze and starts at 4pm. Once again the match will be broadcast live on TV and streamed. Tickets are available online or via our sponsors IBB Builders Merchants who have organised a special promotion for the week. The match will be televised live from Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre and will be shown on Polsat Sport Extra and also on ibb.uk/tv.
“The next game will be a good test for us as we approach the Semi Finals of the National Cup of England. February’s goal is to win twice against Essex and also to win the Semi Final. We will do everything we can to get to the final and then to defend our title. The macro and micro cycles are now starting to fit together to allow us to peak towards the end of the season once again. ” added Graban.
The return fixture next week, will not be the last of the matches for the month. The Semi Final will be scheduled for 24th February and will be played against Wessex in the home venue in Brentford. The prize will be a place in the final.
“With every match, we gain more experience and become stronger as athletes to help us with the remaining matches of the season. We hope to prepare fully for the final weeks of the season so we can retain our double championships.” added de Oliveira.
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