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Essex Rebels NVL Men Lose Out to Stockport VC

March 05, 2024

In a thrilling encounter at the Life Leisure Brinnington Park in Stockport, Volleyball fans were treated to a captivating match between the home team Stockport and the visiting Essex Rebels in the National Super League. With Stockport under the guidance of their seasoned head coach Rafal Lojewski, a former Polish professional player instrumental in their rise from Division 3 to the Super League, and Essex Rebels led by head coach Alex Porter, anticipation was high for this clash.

Stockport, in their debut season in the National Super League, showcased their potential with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Essex Rebels. Despite the Rebels’ valiant effort, the illness that had plagued 12 members of their squad over the past 11 days seemed to take its toll, affecting their usual precision and cohesion on the court.

The opening set saw both teams trading blows, with neither side able to establish a significant advantage until Stockport’s timely back-to-back aces propelled them to a 14-12 lead. Despite Essex Rebels’ attempts to rally, service errors hindered their progress, allowing Stockport to claim the set 25-20.

In set two, Stockport demonstrated adaptability by minimizing errors, while Rebels’ Libero Lefteris Ioannou continued to excel in the serve receive, providing ample attacking opportunities for his team. However, it was the offensive prowess of Will Ragland and Thomas TJ Jefferson that propelled Essex Rebels to a 25-22 win, levelling the match.

Determined to regain control, Stockport stormed into the third set, capitalizing on the strength of Haydn Lawson’s attacks and solid defense to frustrate the Rebels. Despite the introduction of recent signing Nico Gajkiewicz injecting some energy into Essex Rebels’ offense, Stockport’s resilience prevailed once again, clinching the set 25-20.

As the fourth set unfolded, both teams fought tooth and nail, with neither willing to concede ground. However, Stockport’s seasoned players Patryk Walczak and Artur Zylinski utilized their experience to edge ahead, securing the set and ultimately the match with a 25-20 victory.

Reflecting on the challenging circumstances, Coach Porter commended his team’s resilience in the face of adversity, acknowledging the tough task posed by the recent illness but expressing disappointment at falling short of their best performance. With important games on the horizon, Essex Rebels vowed to regroup and bounce back stronger in the coming weeks.

In the end, Stockport’s debut in the National Super League proved triumphant, signalising their arrival as a force to be reckoned with in the volleyball scene.

Essex Rebels Team Huddle
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