Volleyball:Jersey earn their wings

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The Island side also suffered a narrow five-sets defeat at the hands of table-topping Plymouth during four hours of fierce competition in the UK on Sunday afternoon.

In a long, drawn out match that took two hours to complete, Jersey eventually beat Priory 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-13 in a game that was always in the balance.

As veteran player Jo Dodsley said afterwards: ‘Collectively we did well.

Michelle Hervieu dominated the net play and there was also good blocking at the net, by Sam Tribe.

‘Overall though, we played well as a team, which gave us the edge.

We also benefited from having our coach, Deidre de Rue, helping us through both games.’ Having beaten Priory Jersey then took on Plymouth and forced them to a five set match, going down 28-26, 18-25, 25-18, 16-25, 17-15.

The scoreline shows how close Jersey came to winning a game in which tired legs, in the end, cost the Island side a chance of unsettling the current league leaders.

‘It was a long two hours of play,’ said Dodsley.

‘But we contested every point.

On this occasion we were pipped at the post, but we’re good enough to beat Plymouth.

Ultimately, it’s a question of stamina.

But we’re still good enough to beat them.’.

The ladies team are next in action, in Bath, on 5 February and Dodsley believes that they have nothing to fear following the weekend’s displays.

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