Mixed results for London Docklands in the North East

London Docklands endured mixed results in their National Volleyball Division One double-header last weekend after blowing hot and cold on a trip to the North East

London Docklands endured mixed results in their National Volleyball Division One double-header last weekend after blowing hot and cold on a trip to the North East.

The Dockers recorded a straight-sets win over Middlesbrough on Saturday before succumbing by to a 3-0 reversal against reigning champions Sheffield the following day.

Despite a sluggish start against newly promoted Middlesbrough, Docklands took the first set after blocks by Alexis Blair and a run of powerful serves from Rafael Durr helped the London outfit overturn an eight-point deficit and take the set 26-24.

Blair and Durr continued to impress in the second set as Dockers won the frame 25-22 after a Ricardo Senatore smash, while a tight third set went Docklands' way after a Middlesbrough error settled a tense battle 31-29.


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Yet Docklands were unable to emulate that outcome against Sheffield, who had suffered a first defeat of the season a fortnight earlier, and the champions were good value for a 22-25 18-25 13-25 win, despite a strong display from Boris Halatchev.

Dockers captain Alexis Blair said: "After a good away win on Saturday it was disappointing we couldn't sustain our early-season promise on Sunday.

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"We know that we can compete and beat sides like Sheffield, we just need to step up when we have to. We can come back from this a stronger team and next week will be a good place to start."

Docklands play local rivals London Lynx at Bacon's College on Saturday.

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