Other 2000/01 reports

Opponents: RAF Harriers & Torexe
Competition: National League Division 2
Dates: Saturday 24th and Saturday 31st March 2001
Venue: Bacon's College & Exeter
Result Harriers: 3-0 Win (25-17, 25-12, 25-22)
Result Torexe: 3-0 Win (25-22, 25-15, 25-19)
Headline: Docklands claim their prize
Author: Mike Lams


Victory in their last two fixtures of the season allowed Docklands to take the National League 2 title in style - and secure promotion to the top flight.

A 3-0 win at home to RAF Harriers on Saturday 24th March, followed by another 3-0 win last Saturday, this time away to Torexe of Exeter, meant that LDV practically strolled to the Division 2 title, without losing a single match along the way.

The win against Harriers had left Docklands in the happy position of being certain of the title even before the journey to Exeter and the team traveled down in relaxed and confident mood. However, coach Ian Legrand wanted a dominant display from his charges and they duly obliged.

After controlling the first set, with strong serving from Mike Lams and precise hitting from Alexis Blair and Oleg Rak, to win 25-22, Docklands really stepped up a gear in the next. Lead by the spiking of team-captain Ned Groy, Docklands demolished the opposition, creating cluster after cluster of points. Blair and Andy Vincett controlled from the service line and the set was over in less than 20 minutes: 25-15.

The final set saw the whole substitutes' bench used, with Danny Primus, Sean Marshman and Tim Odele wasting no chance to have their influence on the outcome of the game. The set score of 25-19 underlined the strength in depth of the London team.

The man of the match however was Yassir Sliti, making his final appearance for Docklands before leaving to join Long Beach University in California on a volleyball scholarship. His hitting produced nine kills from ten attacks, and his serving was his best of the season - with power, precision and consistency earning many valuable points for the team.

The championship table makes happy reading for Docklands, with only a remarkable five sets lost in the entire campaign. It should also make interesting reading for the teams in National League Division One, who will have to take on this improving outfit next season. At the end of a season, which has also seen them through to the semi final of the Cup, Docklands have certainly made their intentions absolutely clear.

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