Docklands still in with a chance

PUBLISHED: 09:15 09 March 2012

Alex Gaitan

Alex Gaitan


London Docklands kept alive their faint hopes of gaining second place in National League One with a courageous 3-2 win against Tendring at the weekend.

A clinical performance in the first set saw Docklands secure a comfortable 25-18 win and everything pointed towards an easy 3-0 victory for the visitors.

Docklands took their foot off the gas as Tendring finally woke up to take a 7-2 lead in set two after good blocking by Alex Porter and Sonny Chaney.

Their confidence continued to grow as they took the set 25-17 and quickly went 
7-3 up in the third set.

Docklands managed to stem the flow and were still in touch at 20-19 down, but a sequence of scrappy points went Tendring’s way and they took a 2-1 lead with a 25-22 third set win.

Tendring took a 13-9 lead forcing Andy Hopper to call a time-out and Docklands edged level at 20-20 after a towering block by Alex Gaitan.

But Tendring took two quick points and maintained their lead to gain three match points at 24-21. A smash by Sylvain Renouard saved the first match point and then he conjured up two consecutive aces to tie the scores at 24-24.

The momentum was with Docklands as two errors gave the visitors the set 
26-24. Both sides started the fifth set nervously and Docklands had to save seven match points, before an ace by Platon Vogiatzoglou took the set 23-21.

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