Paola Hibs are champions for ninth consecutive time

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 15:11

Paola Hibs claimed their ninth consecutive Women’s First Division Volleyball championship after beating Fleur De Lys by three sets to one.

In the first set FDL opened a 10-1 lead on Paola Hibs thanks mainly to Sara El Gasi’s good services.

FDL continued to put pressure on Hibs with well-built attacks but they were now an improved side and even managed to level the score.

Nevertheless, it was FDL who won the first set 25-23, with good performances by Thais Gatt and Isabel Cutajar.

After this set Fleur de Lys seemed close to winning its first ever league title.

The second and third sets again saw FDL starting on a positive note with Hibs trailing by four or five points.

However, Hibs were not to be subdued completely and powerful spikes by Alison Borg and Daniela Bonnici put the Paola side back in contention.

FDL’s coach, David Bonnici, tried to change their game by effecting some substitutions but Hibs were in control and managed to win both sets 25-22, 25-16.

Once again FDL opened the fourth set with a better game and seemed in control but with good teamwork coming from their rivals saw the Paolites winning the set 25-19.

Thanks to this result Paola Hibs Candy won their ninth consecutive league as well as their 26th consecutive cup in these last nine years.

The game was characterised by a number of unforced errors, especially by Fleur de Lys in their service.

In the Second Division, Mellieha won against Tatara Rabat with a straight score of 3-0. Mellieha were always superior during the game with Mark Soler’s girls playing a better volleyball than their opponents.

With this win, Mellieha are close to claim the Second Division title and thus would play for a place in the First Division.

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