BOATHOUSE enjoyed mixed fortunes in their opening National Volleyball League fixtures, losing their first match but winning the second.
The opening match was a close encounter against last year’s league runners-up Birmingham University.
Boathouse edged the first set 26-24 but the students lifted their game and took the next two sets 17-25 and 18-25.
The home side regained the initiative in the third set taking the lead 12-10 and maintained a two point advantage up to 19-17.
However, the students regained the lead at 20-19 and held firm to win the set 25-23 and took the match 3-1.
The second match was against a young Newcastle Staffordshire II side.
The Midlands team carved out a 17-8 lead in the opening set but a run of six points from the serve of captain Mike Turner helped Boathouse pull level at 19-19.
Newcastle Staffs stayed strong to reach set point at 24-23 but Boathouse won the side-out and took the next two points on serve to win the set 26-24.
Boathouse made easy work of the next two sets winning 25-14 and 25-17 to win the match 3-0.
The weekend began with Boathouse taking on Hawks in a men’s Premier League match.
The local derby saw most of the Boathouse National League players distributed between the two teams.
The home side fielded six well-drilled players only and took the first two sets as Hawks experimented with their nine man squad.
The Hawks finally found the winning formula to win three sets to two, thanks largely to their two Polish power hitters Tomasz Szlempo and David Greziak.
Boathouse’s other men’s Premier League match saw them entertain York VC on Sunday in a five set thriller.
The away side took a two sets to one victory before outside spiker David Hubner twisted his ankle and was replaced by Roy Evenden.
Although playing out of position Evenden helped Boathouse get back on level terms at 2-2 in sets.
Although the home side were 5-8 behind at the change of ends, Boathouse took the deciding set 15-13 and the match 3-2.
Sunday’s Yorkshire Division I match saw Boathouse entertain Leeds Met University but the students were too strong and powered to a 3-0 victory (16-25, 18-25, 17-25).