New signing Haakon Lie was the star of the show as Horndean returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success over Cardiff Celts.
The hard-hitting Norwegian led the Deans’ onslaught with some ferocious attacks that regularly pierced the Cardiff defence with such venom that he was later nicknamed King Pin by his team-mates and was the subject of high praise from his coach.
Player/coach Nasser Ssemuwemba said: ‘He (Lie) was phenomenal. We gave him the licence to aggressively hit at all times.
‘He is a very good acquisition for us. He has only just turned 20 and has got bags and bags of potential. We are lucky to have him in our team.
‘As a team, though, we desperately needed this win and I want to thank all the players for their spirited contribution.’
After a slow start to the new season, Horndean dominated from the start to secure a second win of the National League division two campaign.
They raced into a 16-9 lead in the first set and stepped up a gear to seal the opening two sets 25-16 and 25-20 respectively.
Cardiff attempted to contain Lie’s net dominance by using their two tallest blockers to stem the flow.
And that tactic paid off as the Celts grabbed the third set with a 25-21 scoreline.
But in response, Horndean then came up with their own tactical switch, using two defensive players alongside Lie and with playmaker Stuart McCulley bringing outside spiker Maciej Kubis into the game more frequently to do the damage.
But in a pulsating set, Lie, Kubis and middle player Willard Hans Shonge converted the big points to outmuscle Cardiff 31-29.
Horndean host SGTV Solent 2 on Saturday at Highbury College.