TEVC Mens Cup Shield Dreams Dashed

The Mens Round 2 of the Shield took place in Plymouth  on 11th January. TEVC were a little unfortunate in having drawn the reigning champions, Flaming Six Aces, in the first round of the cup proper and now Horndean, last year’s runners up in the Shield.

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Rear Line: Toby French, Andy Frith, James Bernardi, Sam Thompson and Luke French

Front Line: Rees Warren, Dave Fenech and Tony Clarke

 The match started evenly with Horndean service errors helping TEVC to a 6-8 lead by the first technical. There then started a great battle amongst the middle players particularly James against Horndean’s excellent M Russell (No. 10). The set was tight up to 17–17 when good serving from Toby took TEVC to 21-17 lead. TEVC were then ahead 18-22 when Horndean  took a run of 6 points. TEVC had opportunities but couldn’t put the ball on the floor and eventually lost the set 25-23.

TEVC came out fighting in the second set racing to an early lead of 4-1 forcing a Horndean time out. However, the proverbial wheels then came off the wagon following the first technical (7-8) as TEVC lost the set badly 25-15. This was hugely disappointing as TEVC had shown in the first set they could complete well against a very good Horndean side but passing and hitting errors made Horndean’s job far too easy.

Set 3 started as the 2nd had finished with Horndean taking a commanding leads of 8-3 and then 16-8. TEVC seemed well and truly beaten but then maybe relaxed and started to play good volleyball again fighting back strongly to 18-13. TEVC continues to have the edge in the set and had opportunities to win a remarkable set but the finishing line came too quickly and Horndean won the set 25-21, closing out the match 3-0.

The result was a major disappointment as the club had beaten Horndean twice last year in the league. However, “hats off” to a good Horndean side that played well. There’s always next year lads!


 

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