Essex Trinity faced Portsmouth in the last match of the season. Portsmouth needed a win to avoid relegation so Trinity knew Portsmouth were not going down without a fight. Set 1 was tight with both teams scrapping for points but Trinity had the edge winning the set 26-24. Portsmouth pulled back in Set 2 winning 25-21.
Coach Laybourne made some tactical changes in Set 3 and the team started to gel. Trinity hustled for every point and with Green’s consistently super setting, Cervantes and Pereira hit countless killer shots. The Niederquell serve also proved too much for the opposition winning 10 consecutive points for the team. Trinity dominated winning the set 25-19.
In Set 4 Trinity continued to dominate with some great blocking and hitting by Andronescu, point-saving pokies by Bohannan, super defence by Niederquell, Lambert and Sands and great support from Pollard. Every player gave everything to help win the final set and secure the victory in a true team performance. Congratulations to Niederquell for another MVP nomination.
This victory meant that Trinity finished a very credible 4th place out of 10 in their first season in Division 2 South, following promotion from Division 3 last year. Congratulations to all the team and thanks to Coach Laybourne for an awesome season! After the match, Coach Laybourne was presented with gifts from the team.
Final Score: Essex Trinity 3 v 1 Portsmouth (26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17)