Mayo Volleyball Club got back to winning ways after 2 defeats in dramatic fashion by putting Dalkey to the sword in a tight, thrilling encounter away from home.
Mayo started very slow. They found the going very tough as they struggled to defend some talented players from the Dalkey side who showed very impressive offensive hitting. The home side build an insurmountable lead that a Mayo fightback could not bridge as first blood went to Dalkey 25-20.
The second set started like the first as the homeside once again took advantage of Mayo's defensive frailties. Once again the Westerners closed the gap but some fine serves from the opposing setter killed off any chance of redemption as Dalkey won the second 25-18.
It was now do or die for the Mayo ladies and they were one set away from defeat. The introduction of Mayo debutant, Aisling Croghan made the difference in the away sides defence. Consequently, Dalkey's attack and serve become less effective and while Mayo started to rack up the scores. Mayo won their first set of the game 25-18.
Having overcome earlier instability Mayo built on their momentum and put on a very determined display to draw the game level. A dominant exhibition of powerful hitting by Edel Nolan along with impeccable serving by Grain McNeive gave the red and green a 25-20 victory.
The tie breaker set was only going to have one outcome however as Mayo played with ruthless veracity while Dalkey's heads' dropped. Mayo won the 5th 15-8 and the match 3-2.
Mayo players v Dalkey
Back: Edel Nolan, Eimear McNeive, Mikal O'Boyle, Grainne Mc Neive, Victoria Griffiths-Blitger, Alicja Zajac, Naveen Kumar (coach).
Front: Aisling Croghan, Hilde Kneblewski. Orla Casby, Jackie Prendergast.