The quarter final of the National Cup was held on Saturday, 27th January, in East London at the home of Wapping Wildcats. The hosts were swiftly eliminated from the competition 0:3 (11:25; 23:25; 16:25) and IBB Polonia London VC once again will be competing for a place in the finals and the defence of the first of their two titles. Wapping, surprisingly, defeated Essex 3-2 in the previous round and were hoping to repeat their victory, but fell short.
The three set match between East and West London showed a stable level of play for the visitors. The first set was over quickly with the home team scoring 11 points. However during the second set, they gained some momentum pushing very close and only succumbing by two points. The main weapon was their serve, which caused some discomfort amongst the IBB Polonia receivers. At the start of the third set, the rhythm returned to Piotr Graban’s charges and control was once again regained. IBB Polonia held a convincing lead from start to finish of the third set, winning in the end by 9 points.
„In the first and last sets, we showed some powerful volleyball. It was evident that Bartek Kisielewicz, Mateusz Dziwierek and Dorian Poinc have quickly established a strong understanding on court. They played a very tight game together and between them overpowered the opposition and gave us the semi-final place” – said Patrik Selep; assistant Coach IBB Polonia London.
„On Saturday, we showed real team spirit. We were better in all aspects and we were motivated in producing a quick result. It’s great to play with Bartek. His experience and abilities allow us the freedom with which we played. His style suits me down to the ground and I know he will give me a perfect ball each time. Thanks to this, my effectiveness has improved and I can be used regularly in attack.” – said IBB Polonia receiver, Dorian Poinc.
Once again the semi-final will be against Team Wessex, who beat Malory Eagles 3-0. The match will take place at the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre on 24th February 2018, the usual home venue. Tickets are available here.
„I’m very optimistic in relation to the upcoming matches in the league and cup. We still haven’t showed everything we can do. I think that solid work at training sessions will bring us more victories and help us start to smell silverware once again.” – added Patrik Selep.
The London team now has a two week break from matches and will return to the court on the 10th February when they visit Essex in the Super 8 League. More information can be found on the Club website and Facebook page.