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Men 1 promoted... by 2 sets!!

posted 23 Apr 2012, 08:38 by Web Admin   [ updated 24 Apr 2012, 01:50 ]

Huge congratulations to Head Coach Paul Lamb and the Men’s 1 squad who have been promoted to Division 1 of the National Volleyball League! This follows on only a season from their promotion from Men 3N and is a great result for all involved. The team now join Women 1 who secured their automatic promotion last weekend.


The NVL playoffs were held at the National Volleyball Centre, Kettering where Rockets faced 2nd place in Division 2 South, Guildford and 8th place in Division 1, Brentwood Estonians. The winner of the triangular fixture was to be promoted. In the first match of the day Guildford beat Brentwood Estonians by the narrowest of margins with a tight 3-2 victory. In the second match, Rockets were then on against Guildford and took full advantage of a tired opposition to speed to a straightforward 3-0 victory.


This then meant Rockets just needed to take two sets off Brentwood Estonians to secure the promotion spot – which they did, taking the first two sets to 22 and 19. Estonians futilely pulled back, perhaps with Rockets already half way to the post match celebrations, and took the match 3 – 2. Perhaps a little disappointing but no matter, Rockets have gone up!!


So the team now look to a season just one league of the top flight – and it’s been a while since a Rockets team played this high up! Austrian exchange student Georg Plesser who took Division 2 North MVP will definitely be missed next season, but the rest of the squad look set to stay for Division 1 volleyball including hopefully setter Owen Lamb. Owen will be starting university in Sheffield next year but with Sheffield being relegated to Division 1 in perhaps one of the shock results in the playoffs on Saturday, Rockets hope to keep him on with the allure of a home club!


Playoff results:

V Guildford, 3-0 win (25-21, 25-17, 25-19)

V Brentwood Estonians, 2-3 defeat (25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 23-25, 13-15)


2011/2012 squad: Owen Lamb (Captain), Igor Lesanovsky, Georg Plesser, Blazej Pyda, Steve Jones, Dom Sharpe, Phil Harrison, Nick Brown, Jack Burvill, Jakub Wojcik, Michael Rottach, Ieuan Lamb, Joe Gretton, Nick Shardlow.
Playoff photos now on Nottingham Rockets Facebook page!


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