On Saturday, 17th February volleyball and emotions returned to West London. The match took place against Essex Blaze at the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre resulting in a relatively simple 3-0 victory (25:19; 25:13; 28:26) for IBB Polonia London. Thanks to this another three points have been added to the league table returning the team to second position. This coincided with a loss for the second placed team which played into the hands of Piotr Graban and his players.
The match started very evenly with both teams trading points until the first technical time out; but by the time of the second break, IBB Polonia London were three points ahead. The set ended swiftly 25-19 in favour of the home team. The second set saw a total dominance and IBB Polonia London were once again the victors 25-13. The lead at the first technical time out was six points and a powerful attack by Dorian Poinc won the second set. In the third set, the Londoners were in control until about half way through the set, when Essex Blaze stepped up the serving pressure and risked everything to do what they could to take a set of their own. The set was tight throughout, but at the last moment an error or two from the visitors gave the match 3-0 to IBB Polonia London.
“I’m really pleased about the three points. We played quite well, perhaps with the exception of the third set, and were well in control. We visibly relaxed towards the end and this gave Essex a sniff of a chance. It was great to be able to use the entire bench during the game and it let me see what the reinforcements were capable of.” – said IBB Polonia Head Coach, Piotr Graban.
There was a great atmosphere in the stands, with vociferous support from fans who had travelled from far and wide to cheer Londoners to victory. The DJ played motivating music and led the support in the hall. The game was transmitted by Polsat on Polsat sport Extra and also via the internet. All of our fans who were unable to be at the game in person, were able to watch through a variety of media. The match is available to view on IBB TV.
The team now has a week of heavy training, because on Saturday IBB Polonia London have the chance to make it through to the final of the National Cup. The opposition will be Wessex VC; the match will start at 3PM and ticket are available here.
“We have some areas of focus before the Semi Final of the Cup and we will aim to focus on this areas so we can get to the final. After that we have the end of the Super 8 League to work on and then the playoffs.” – added Graban.