Northern Ireland Volleyball
NI League

Raiders Lose Out to Lynx on Home Ground

After the long Christmas break, Richhill Raiders hosted Lisburn Lynx in a top of the table clash. With both teams having won and lost throughout the first half of the season, both were battling hard to finish as high as possible in the league.  Richhill raiders were already guaranteed 2nd spot for the first half of the season, win or lose, but a win was a must for them to take the top spot at the mid way split.  Lynx were sitting 3rd in the table, and needed a win to leap over Blaze in hope to maintain 2nd place at the mid way split. 

A fast paced game in the first set saw the Raiders dominate the net. With good passing, allowing fast sets, Lynx found it difficult to produce an effective block.  Both teams had their fair share of errors, but Raiders consistency through the set allowed them to come out on top 25-18. 

Raiders hoped to continue with the same in the second set, but with 3 unforced errors at the start of the set, the Raiders were always trailing in the set.  Sub, and professional player David Hamilton came on for the Lynx team, and proved useful at the net, stopping the Raiders from producing an effective attack.  Raiders Libero Lee Taylor had an inspirational game, continuing his great run of form for the newly formed team, but even his defensive abilities were unable to prevent Lynx winning the second set 19-25. 

The third set saw lynx continue their good form.  Raiders became unable to set up a good attack from poor passing, and struggled throughout the set.  With a good attack from the visiting team, and a multitude of basic positional errors from the home team, Lynx took the lead in the game with a set score of 21-25. 

The raiders with a 20+ strong crowd tried to regain their composure, but flared tempers and unforced errors saw them trail from the start again.  A run of 4 points mid set allowed Raiders to get within touching distance of lynx, but this soon faded away, as Lynx continued to block the slow Raiders offense.  An opposite kill from Crooks finished off the set 18-25 and the game 1-3 to visiting team Lynx.

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