The first ever clash between Vocational Drumshanbo and a Carlow school in volleyball resulted in a double victory for both the Drumshanbo B and C teams. Facing a multicultural team from all over the globe, neither Drumshanbo team let Carlow ever get a grip in the game.
Drumshanbo C beat Vocational Carlow 25-11 25-16
From the moment Mark Reynolds hit the first ace and Brian Gunning’s serve moved the score from 2-2 to 7-2 there was never any doubt about the stronger team and the captain Kevin Prior aced them in a 22-9 lead towards the end of the 1st set.
The second set of this game however had a very exciting period. It took a well disguised dump from Ciaran Woods to break an early Carlow 2-0 lead and after that Carlow shot ahead 10-4. Lubomir Schusterovi then finally showed in public what he has excelled on the practice courts for years. The first to spike in the opening set he hauled, with aces, the lead back and Drumshanbo lead 11-10. He was helped by two great winners from Kevin O’Rourke.
The score stayed very tight and only strong net play from Prior kept Drumshanbo ahead at 16-15. But then up stepped Stephen Meehan to serve. Having hit nine in the opening set he served all the way to the end, even managing to hit a winner from the back court in play.
Reynolds was again strong in the second set and Shane Meehan came on during the set.
Drumshanbo B beat Vocational Carlow 25-10 25-18
As with the Cs, Drumshanbo B were quick to establish themselves. John Beirne’s typically strong net play was there from the start and early in the set a 10 in a row service run from Stephen Carty, including four aces put Drumshanbo 16-5 ahead and Alan McTigue’s serve finished the set.
The second set saw Brian Mooney come on. Not content with his net dominance in the first set, Brian Moran opened up an 8-0 lead at the start of the second set. Owen Duignan added a typical Duignan ace.
To their credit Carlow rallied back to 16-14 but then Owen Dolan served seven in a row to end the contest. Shane McGovern, as usual, used his height at the net and finished the last rally with another of his winning spikes.
Unfortunately for the C team only one team could advance to the quarters at the end of the day and in a game where Declan Beirne shone and Christopher Baxter made his “B” debut, Drumshanbo B beat Drumshanbo C 25-17 25-14.
Drumshanbo B now face Mallow in the quarters and are expecting a much tougher match.
Serves in Carlow matches:
Drumshanbo C: Reynolds (5), Brian Gunning(5) Prior (7), Schusterovi (9), O’Rourke(1) Stephen Meehan(17)
Drumshanbo B: John Beirne(3), Carty(12), McTigue(6), Mooney(1), Moran(10), Duignan(4), Dolan(5), McGovern(Capt.) (5), Declan Beirne(5)