PASSION IS A fundamental ingredient to any sporting success, and it was certainly present within the York Men’s Volleyball First team as they came from a set behind to win 3-1 and give the White Rose its first points of Saturday.
After taking a while to get settled and consequently losing the first set, York went on to command the next three sets and claim this battleground fixture with the final scoreboard reading 25-22, 17-25, 17-25, 18-25.
The first set was littered with long exchanges, prolonged by some spectacular scooping and digging on both sides. Being the opening set, the occasional mistake was also naturally present.
York were not quite firing on all cylinders yet, with star player Kristians Butins executing spikes poorly. This allowed Lancaster to edge the first set.
York seemed to be reinvigorated by the scoreline reading 1-0 to Lancaster. The Butins spike had finally arrived and York’s net play became a lot more decisive in the second set. Meanwhile
Harald Fredhaim’s serve was proving difficult for Lancaster to deal with. York established momentum when they secured the second set and stormed into a 14-7 lead in the third. From there you could sense that this was York’s match to lose. A lovely deft overhead shot by Nestor set York on their way to claim the third set.
With York firmly in the ascendancy and passion etched on the visitors’ faces, the fourth and final set saw yet more York domination. Despite being 10 points behind, though, Lancaster dug deep to cut their deficit from 4-15 to 18-22 and instil some concern within the travelling contingent.
In the end, however, this second wind received no reward as York put the game to bed via a irretrievable Fredhaim spike.
In a post-match interview, York’s volleyball middle Julius Alesuinas said “the boys gave all they had. We lost the first set due to a lot of mistakes but we learned from them, got our game together, and took the victory.”