Hull Thunder travelled to York last Sunday looking continued their National League promotion.
Last Sunday saw Hull Thunders Men’s National League team travel to York to take on the second placed Sheffield Scorpions and 4th placed York in 2 games which could shape their playoff hopes.
Building on the previous Sunday’s great performance’s in a 6 point home double salvo. Thunder had high hopes of bringing back another 6 points in what promised to be a tough day especially without key players Ellis Todd and Kristaps Zeltins.
Sheffield Scorpions 1-3 Hull Thunder VC
The first game of the day saw a strong and youthful Sheffield side make light work of an injury hit York team to win comfortably 3-0. Next up Sheffield faced Hull Thunder with the Scorpions hoped to avenge a 3-0 defeat inflicted on them by Hull Earlier in the season. Hull welcomed back outside hitter Chris barker and influential head coach and GB London 2012 captain Ben Pipes.
The first set saw the Thunder struggle to find thier rhythm but keeping toe to toe up 18-18 sheffield managed to force a couple of errors from the Hull and coupled with a make shift middle blocker to replace E.Todd they took full advantage and used there power and Hulls one man block to take the set 25-21. Knowing the stakes of the game and seeing the issue with block head coach B. Pipes pulled on the shirt to do a shift for the team in the middle and what a difference it makes being able to call on an Olympian in your time of need. With new impetus and now more power in attack, Hull setter D.Foster was able to create 1v1 hitting situations as the opposition tried to contain the ex GB captain. Hulls excellent blocking and gamesmanship ship through the net help disrupt the young Sheffield team and Hull went on to take the second set 25-19.
The pattern of the 3rd and 4th set continued with Hulls defense and attack getting stronger and the young but gifted Sheffield side collapsed. Big outside hitter Rob Kammer producing a masterful hitting display to earn MVP as Thunder went on to take the sets 25-17 and 25-13.
York VC 1-3 Hull Thunder VC
Hull Thunders second game of the day was against York who needed no encouragement to get fired up against a Hull side they know very well on and off the court. Thunder where boyuant after a good win against Sheffield and started on fire, head coach B.Pipes put out the same team that started the first game against Sheffield and the same out come occurred, hulls weakness in the middle of the court was shown against a strong York middle attack and they went on to lose the 1st set 26-24.
The 2nd set saw the thunder again call upon Pipes talents, the team managed to get into 3rd gear and keep a strong lead throught the set this was down to some strong serving and block defense from the whole team, Hull worked out weaknesses in the york passing unit and exploited them from this point on Hull went on to win 25-19.
The 3rd & 4th set saw a similar pattern emerge in the game and york didnt have any answers due to their weakended lineup with K.Zeltins coming in to serve a 12 points in a row. A special mentioned goes to the returning Chris Barker who lined up against 6ft 7″ ex pro from the swedish leagues who managed to win several big points for the team against a monster blocker. Setter and MVP D.Foster dictated the play and managed to get the best out of all hit hitters as Thunder won the final 2 sets 25-18 and 25-13.
Thunder have a weekend off before another crucial triangular at Home against top of the table and undefeated Nottingham University and strugglers Notts Rockets 2. Once again the club will be encouraging as many people as possible to come down and support the boys in their play off push.