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Season ends in defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:25 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

LONDON Docklands Volleyball saw their season end on a low last weekend following a 3-1 loss to long-time rivals and newly crowned National League Division One champions London Malory. Malory had clinched the title before the match and celebrated by taking

LONDON Docklands Volleyball saw their season end on a low last weekend following a 3-1 loss to long-time rivals and newly crowned National League Division One champions London Malory.

Malory had clinched the title before the match and celebrated by taking revenge on a Docklands side who had pipped them to the league and cup double last year.

Docklands made a perfect start when Alex Gaitan rose to kill the first ball of the match, but Malory took the first set 25-19 following a kill by Hamish Drummond.

Docklands responded by taking control of a tight second set as Nathan French produced a run of serves that put his side up 22-16.

But three consecutive errors saw Docklands waste three set points to hand Malory a two-set lead.

Blocks by middles Gaitan and Adam Phillips helped Docklands take the third set 26-24 as Danny Primus - captaining the side for the 100th time and playing in his 18th derby match against Malory - shut out Malory's Ivan Zamprianov.

But Malory took a big fourth-set lead and held on to seal a deserved victory.

"In some ways this match summed up our season with some very good highs and some very bad lows," said Docklands coach Ian Legrand. "We just need to find some consistency.

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