Volleyball: Ladies Super League: Flyers beat FDL Office Group to go to the top:
This weekend saw Flyers beat FDL in straight sets to leap-frog over the same FDL and become sole-leaders of the ladies super league; in another match Playvolley Toyota beat Paola Hibs to leave the team which has dominated female volleyball in Malta for the last 8 years rooted in bottom place.
The only second division match scheduled at the University Sports Hall had to be postponed due to inadequate equipment.
Toyota Playvolley vs Paola Hibs 3: 0 (25-6,25-15,25-9)
In Sunday’s first match, PlayVolley’s Whitney Mintoff and Yana Cutajar’s services immediately placed Paola under pressure and after leading 8-0 and 16-1, Paola brought on Daniela Bonnici, who has been out of action due to injury. Their reception continued to suffer however and without any offence, they succumbed to Play Volley’s attacks 25-6.
Despite having a better start to the second set and taking a 4-2 lead, Paola could not keep up with Playvolley’s services and attacks and the latter went on to win 25-15.
In the third set, Paola’s ex player Alison Borg continued to dominate over her ex-team so that Playvolley went on to win 25-9. Borg was PlayVolley’s most influential player with 17 points to her credit.
Flyers vs FDL 3:0 (25-21,25-23,25-17)
In a top of the table clash in the women’s super league, Flyers showed better attacking tactics and after taking an 8-6 lead, they upped their tempo to 22-16. FDL reacted to get back into the game but Flyers retained control to win the set 25-21.
The 2nd set was more dramatic. Flyers again took a 7-1 initiative with good services from Vella but FDL’s players improved their defence and started to risk more and with strong services from Elgasi turned the score in their favour at 12:11. The teams were fighting for every point now and the score remained tied till 23:23. Flyers’ Amanda Agius scored an ace for 23:22, and Vella made the score 24:23. FDL’s unforced error handed the set to Flyers for a 2 set lead.
In the 3rd set Flyers took an 8:4 lead but FDL leveled the score at 8:8. Flyers started to put FDL under pressure with good services. These, together with a safe defense from Flyers’ libero Cordina, who also gained points from a counterattack, gave Flyers added confidence to control the match and proceed to a comfortable win and the spot at the top of the table.
Girls’ MiniVolley: FDL Office Group vs Phoenix MC Adventure: 2-0(25-16;25-10)
Girls’ MiniVolley: Qormi vs Paola 2-0 (25-17;25-15)
Women’s U’18: Flyers vs Phoenix SC: 3-0 (25-11;25-10;25-7)