Saracens stay top despite mixed bag of results

Spalding Saracens volleyball team with coach Tim Barzycki (front right).
Spalding Saracens volleyball team with coach Tim Barzycki (front right).
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Spalding Saracens are still top of Lincs Volleyball League Division One despite a win and a defeat.

Saracens hosted Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham, where the home side took an early, first set lead at 9-3 before extending it to 17-11.

However, Priory managed to claw a few points back before Saracens took the set 25-15.

The visitors made a better show of themselves in set two where, despite good serving from Saracens’ Dan Barrass, Priory fought back from 2-7 down to level at 10-10.

Up stepped Saracens’ Harrison Hall with some good serving to make it 20-12 and his side took the second set 25-14.

Priory fought Saracens throughout the third set, the Spalding youngsters finally took it 25-22 to win the match 3-0, with Matt Urry picking up the most valuable player award.

Saracens found themselves at home again, this time to Lincoln Cannons, for what turned out to be a five-set thriller.

With relative newcomer Simon Stone taking the serve, Saracens won the first set 25-15 before losing the second 13-25.

Saracens then went two sets to one up, only for Cannons to level the match and race to a 4-8 lead in the decisive set which they eventually took 11-15 to win the match 3-2.

Saracens coach Tim Barzycki said: “I was disappointed with the overall performance of the squad against a team we should have beaten.

“However, the fact remains that we are still top of the league which is a great effort from a junior team playing in an adult league.

“If we keep winning the games we have left, we’ll still be top of the league when it matters.

“We also have a Lincs Volleyball Association Cup semi-final to look forward to.”