VOLLEYBALL: Super Saracens beaten in five-set classic

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Spalding Saracens’ talented young guns were edged out in a five-set thriller against Harlaxton College.

Fresh off the back of an impressive away win last time out, the youngsters put in another outstanding performance – only to see glory taken away from them.

The first set saw both teams matched point for point, until Harlaxton finally got the edge and took the set 25-21.

The second set again saw both teams evenly matched, although Harlaxton appeared to have the edge.

But with Oliver Shortland serving, Saracens gained the advantage and Scott Chuter finished off the set for Saracens 25-20.

Despite going behind 8-0 in the third, Spalding made a brilliant recovery, starting with consistent serving by Sally Grooby and continued again by Shortland and Chuter to take the score to 12-12.

Saracens continued to edge forward although Harlaxton pulled back to lead 24-23 before Saracens finished off the set 26-24.

The effort of that recover must have drained the youngsters as they then went on to lose the fourth 16-25, with a number of service errors creeping in.

This led on to the decisive fifth set, with Saracens only managing two points before the turn around point. They managed to recover this score a little reaching ten, but were unable to catch Harlaxton who ended up taking the match.

Scott Chuter was elected player of the match for Saracens.