Horndean reach shield quarter-finals

Haakon Lie. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133265-680)
Haakon Lie. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133265-680)
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HORNDEAN progressed to the quarter-finals of the men’s national shield after a straight sets victory over Essex Estonians.

They booked their place in the last eight of the knockout event after making easy work of their opponents at Highbury College.

The Deans await to see who they will face in the quarter-finals.

They will be hoping to avoid facing old nemesis Flaming Six Aces.

Against Essex, excellent blocking from Marcus Russell helped Horndean clinch a tough first set 25-23.

The Deans looked faultless in the second set, with some great spikes from outside hitter Haakon Lie and opposite player Damian Roberts.

Setter Leandros Tsikras turned defence into attack with such ease as Horndean took it 25-15.

In the third set, Russell and skipper Stephen Metherell started brightly and the Deans sealed a 25-21 victory.

Liberos Benoit Royer and Matthew Jackson carried out good defence duties whenever they were called upon.

Jakub Chruscicki continued to impress, while Adamantios Xanthoudidis also made a good account of himself on his Dean’s debut.

The two teams meet again on Saturday in the national league division two south at Highbury College.

Russell is hoping for a repeat show from Horndean.

He said: ‘Apart from the service mistakes at the start, I thought the team played very well.

‘I just hope we can replicate the same result, when we meet again in a few days time.’