After their 3-0 defeat of Blaze on Saturday evening giving the team a big confidence boost, Lynx travelled to Ulster Jordanstown on Monday evening knowing that another win would cement their place at the top of the league. With the injured Miro Pilch and David Hamilton back in action, Lynx travelled with nearly a full squad eager to take another three points.
The game began as expected with both teams trading points through some aggressive serving and blocking. However Lynx built up a few points lead just before the halfway point of the set and they then never looked back. Some excellent attacking from Patrick Crooks, Wil Oshoke and Tomas Fabian kept the points ticking over and some clever play by David Hamilton and Wojciech Plinski ensured Ulster Jordanstown were stretched as a passing unit. Abdul Abdulhamid made some excellent blocks too and on top of his clever setting, made a massive contribution to the set. Lynx were able to dictate the play and ran out comfortable 25-13 set winners.
Ulster Jordanstown came out knowing they had to play better while Lynx arrived back on court very focused on continuing their impressive from in the first set. The teams traded serves, attacks and blocks with Ulster Jordanstown taking a narrow lead at the halfway stage. However Lynx middle blocker Tomas Fabian stepped up to serve and went on a 6 point unanswered run. This allowed Lynx to pull back Ulster Jordanstown’s lead and the teams were even again at the 20 point mark. Ulster Jordanstown took a couple of points but Lynx played some impressive defence and blocking which again pulled the two teams even. Some excellent attacks from Hamilton, Crooks, Oshoke and Plinski gave Lynx the lead, aided by clever setting by Abdulhamid, and Lynx ran out 25-21 set winners.
Lynx knew winning the third set would keep alive their hopes of an inaugural league championship and they came out with all guns blazing. Young libero Jack Clarke pulled off some superb last-gasp defence which Hamilton and Crooks then converted and some inspired blocking by both Oshoke and Fabian allowed Lynx to keep their noses in front. Towards the end of the set both teams showed some nerves, but five serves in a row from Hamilton and more fine blocking from Oshoke and Crooks allowed Lynx to run out 25-21 set winners and the game 3-0.
Head coach Grant said after the match, “This was always going to be a strong match and our preparation on serving and blocking paid off well. We had a great team spirit and game plan and were very focused on what we had to do. I’m happy we achieved what we set out to do.”
Thanks go to the referees Wilson Greenlee and Mark Fulton.