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Men beat Manchester in 5 set thriller!

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Having avoided automatic relegation the boys have two games left and need to win both to avoid the play offs (one being against league leaders Sheffield). To set up that clincher though they would first need to face InterVolley Manchester which was going to be a tough ask in any event.

Under Stand-In coach Coach Jon's watchful eye the boys had a nervous start. The teams traded points and Riga missed opportunities with service errors. There was a little bit of crowd disturbance that was quickly dealt with and the game resumed! From a time out at 13-20 down the men started to close the gap but Manchester took the set 25-21.

In the second set Riga found more rhythm with Miguel proving an excellent pass enabling Lewis to find Janis in the middle for some killer hits. Edvin and Kiwi Chris gave Manchester difficulty in the defence and put Riga ahead. Captain Tom had a strong run of serves and Riga closed out the set 25-21.

In the third set Riga continued to fight with Lewis throwing himself around the court at times to keep the ball alive and enabling Riga to put up an attack. Manchester scrambled but just couldn't respond. Tom and Edvin won numerous unreturnable attacks and kiwi swept up the back court at deep 6 consistently. Chris came on to serve causing pressure and Riga took the set 25-21.

It was there for the taking but Riga had a shaky start in the fourth and were soon trailing 2-5. A time out from coach Jon and Riga returned and applied renewed pressure. Miguel's passing enabled Lewis to use a range of options. Manchester's rotation got confused and despite assistance from the referee they found themselves in continued confusion. Riga failed to capitalise on this though with service errors and Manchester took the set 25-23.

Into the fifth...From a steady 4-4 Manchester hit the gas and extended a 9-5 lead. Dan came on through the middle and then served cleverly to get Riga back into the game at 9-9. Edvin killed a couple of hits and Riga were in the driving seat at 14-12 but Manchester came back again to bring the score 14-14. A time out from Coach Jon saw Riga side out then a serve from Lewis and a kill block from Dan and Riga took the set and the match 16-14.

So all to play for v Sheffield on 23rd April 4pm at Alan Higgs. Big home crowd needed...see you there!

MVP - Tom

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