HORNDEAN’s lack of a natural setter continued to halt their progress in the National League division two south after a 3-1 loss to Cardiff Celts.
Even the home comfort at Priory School was not enough to save the Deans from their second defeat in two weeks.
We’re desperately in need of a natural setter who is going to play regularlyNasser Ssemuwemba
Much like in their straight sets defeat at Richmond, the Deans looked lost and bewildered at times without a genuine playmaker.
Player-coach Nasser Ssemuwemba knows his team need to find a solution quickly.
He said: ‘We’re desperately in need of a natural setter who is going to play regularly.
‘Last season we had the luxury of three quality setters, but seem to be struggling to tie down one at the moment.
‘I’m losing a spiker every match to fill in the setter’s position, which is arguably the most important position on court.
‘We’ve got the fire-power, but its evident that without a genuine playmaker we are always going to look ordinary.
‘It doesn’t matter how good a team’s hitters are if it doesn’t have a setter who can consistently deliver a good ball to hit.
‘A good setter can make a weak team decent and a good team exceptional.
‘A poor setter can do the opposite.
‘All the players have been fantastic so far, but unless we find a genuine setter soon, this will adversely impact on our league campaign.’
The mantle of replacing the setter was handed to outside-attacker Festus Nfor who showed promise and resilience in the opening set as Horndean looked solid.
Both teams restricted each other from building a convincing lead with a mixture of tight blocks and superb attacks.
But it was the Deans, through their middle attacking duo of Willard-Hans Shongue and Tyler Everitt, who snatched the first set 25-22.
Man-of-the match Shongue combined well with fellow Cameroonian Nfor to find holes through Cardiff’s defence ,while Everitt’s jump float serves proved a success.
However, the visitors quickly bounced back and switched on their cruise control to win the second set 25-16.
Despite some impressive play from Jakub Chruscicki and Dariusz Koziel, Cardiff went on to double their lead 25-19.
They then sealed victory with a 25-16 fourth set win.
The Deans travel to Exeter this Saturday (12pm).