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Docklands find the missing Lynx for first away victory

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 October 2011

Mark Baechli

Mark Baechli

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Men’s National League Division One

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»London Docklands gained their first away victory of the season at east London rivals Lynx 2.

With Marc Schaepertoens and Platon Vogiatzoglou leaving Docklands to join Lynx 2 in the summer, it wasn’t just the league points that provided motivation.

Docklands dominated the first two sets, taking early leads with strong serving and clinical blocking.

The visitors closed out the first set 25-18 and, after a run of 12 serves by Schaepertoens took his side 13-2 up, it looked as though Lynx would struggle to get to double figures in set two.

However, the home side made a mini-recovery before another Schaepertoens ace finished the set 25-11.

New signing Mark Baechli started the second set and his first touch in a Docklands shirt was a kill block.

With three losses already this season and now 2-0 down, Lynx started to play with more freedom and a more relaxed attitude.

Fulvio Priora started the third set in the setter role and his more consistent distribution helped his hitters put the Docklands defence under pressure for the first time in the match.

Docklands coach Danny Primus introduced Alessandro Galli to try and turn the set around but Lynx were on a roll and they took the set 25-18.

Clever serves

The fourth set was tight until a run of clever serves by Vogiatzoglou saw Docklands turn a 10-8 deficit into a 13-10 lead.

Docklands took control and, with good work at the net from Malte Rieger and Galli, the visitors were able to close out the set 25-21.

Primus said: “We are still a young team and we really need to learn to finish teams off. That was the only disappointing aspect of today’s game.”

Docklands’ focus now moves to the KO Cup where they must negotiate a first-round tie for the first time in 15 years.

They host Sussex Dolphins of Division Two South at Bacon’s College on Saturday.


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