Woodbourne Warriors head into Thursday night's Fairweathers senior volleyball final with a less than ideal preparation after suffering their first loss this season at the hands of Block This at Marlborough Lines Stadium last Thursday night.
In the final night of round-robin play, Block This upset the competition frontrunners to notch their first straight sets victory. Big serving from Jeff Spurlock helped Block This record a 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 win.
A depleted Warriors side failed to recover from a slow start, a trend they can ill afford when they take on Marlborough Boys' College Gold in the season decider.
MBC, on the other hand, are coming off a very comfortable 3-0 victory over Woodbourne Wolfpack.
Like the Warriors, the college side got off to a slow start on a cold night, narrowly stealing the first set 27-25. However, a deflated Wolfpack enabled MBC to run away with the following two sets 25-15, 25-13.
Hayden Burrows was the standout performer for the victors, while Wolfpack's Phil Paskwietz showed some fight in a losing cause.
In the final match of the night, Treefellas came from a set down to overcome MBC Blue 23-25, 25-22, 25-22.
Meanwhile, in C grade, The Avengers will go into their final with plenty of confidence after they defeated Marlborough Girls' College 2-1. Although MGC got off to a great start, taking the first set 25-22, Avengers dug deep to take out the following sets 25-14, 25-22.
Their final opponents will be Safe Crackers, who are coming off a 2-1 defeat to The A-Team.
Marlborough Volleyball club results from Thursday, May 15.
Premier grade: Block This beat Woodbourne Warriors 3-0, MBC Senior Gold beat Woodbourne Wolfpack 3-0, Treefellas beat MBC Senior Blue 2-1.
C Grade: The Avengers beat MGC 2-1, Meaters beat Mayfield Motors 2-1, The A-Team beat Safe Crackers 2-1, Flying Fijians beat Hit and Miss 3-0 (by default).
Social Grade A: MBC Year 10 Gold beat Sets in the City 2-1, MBC Year 10 Blue beat Queen Charlotte 2-1, Acuja beat Kiss my Ace 3-0.
Social Grade B: Yoyo beat The Hybrids 2-1, The Newbies beat MGC Year 9 3-0, Keas on Stilts beat Peculiar Rebels 3-0, I'd Hit That beat MGC Gold 2-1, MIA beat MBC Year 9 Gold 3-0.
Finals draw Thursday, Marlborough Lines Stadium.
Final 6pm: Woodbourne Warriors v MBC Senior Gold (court 1).
6.55pm: MBC Blue v Treefellas (court 1).
7.50pm: Block This v Woodbourne Wolfpack (court 1).
Final 6pm: Safe Crackers v The Avengers (court 2).
6.55pm: The A-Team v Mayfield Motors (court 2).
6.55pm: Flying Fijians v Meaters (court 3).
7.50pm: Hit and Miss v MGC (court 2).
Social A Grade:
Final 6pm: MBC Year 10 Gold v MBC Year 10 Blue (court 3).
6pm: Queen Charlotte v Acuja (court 4).
6.55pm: Sets in the City v Kiss My Ace (court 4).
Social B Grade:
Final 6pm: MIA v The Newbies (court 5).
6pm: The Hybrids v The Yoyos (court 6).
6.55pm: MBC Year 9 gold v Keas on Stilts (court 5).
6.55pm: I'd Hit That v MGC Year 9 (court 6).
7.50pm: Peculiar Rebels v MGC Gold (court 3).
- The Marlborough Express