Ulster Jordanstown travelled to Dalriada and defeated Ballymoney Blaze 1-3 in Ballymoney tonight to kick off their campaign in the 7 Financial National Volleyball League that was launched this week.
The Ulster Jordanstown’s Men’s Volleyball team was bolstered by #9 Alan Workman who played his first league match for his alma mater in eighteen months after serious illness forced his retirement in 2009.
Tonight were the first matches for the NI teams since the men’s league split into two divisions at Christmas. Ulster Jordanstown qualified for the 7 Financial National League by finishing fourth in the first half of the season.
Ulster Jordanstown were certainly the underdogs going into the first match of the season, facing Ballymoney Blaze who had finished top of the league in the first half of the season and won the NI 1st Division last year. Both teams started the match well but poor serving by Jordanstown allowed Ballymoney to trade side-out points until 21-21 when Jordanstown’s #7 William Robb served the set out with Jordanstown winning 21-25.
The 2nd set was much like the first with both teams several lead changes. Jordanstown’s #9 Alan Workman started the set in the Outside Hitter position and rolled back the years with great passing and hard hitting. Jordanstown pulled out a five point lead at 10-15 with solid serving from their #7 William Robb. Jordanstown won the 2nd set by a two point margin 23-25.
In the 3rd set #2 Adam Hunter led the Ballymoney attack with five points, #16 Jeff Scott also contributed to the their offense with 3 kills and 2 blocks to allow Ballymoney to win the set 25-21 and pull back into the match with the score 1-2.
In the 4th set Jordanstown started strong with good blocking from the whole team and never gave up their lead and WITH Ballymoney continually making serving errors Jordanstown were able to win the set comfortably 15-25 and win the match 1-3.
Ballymoney Blaze’s #16 Jeff Scott led all scorers with 9 kills from 44 attempts, 5 blocks and 4 ace serves. #4 Nick Wright led the scoring for Ulster Jordanstown with 10 kills from 33 atempts and 1 block. Ulster Jordanstown’s #14 Stephan Kunz had 7 kills in the middle from 15 attempts.