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Top teams march on

Action from a women’s league match at the Cottonera Sports Complex. Photo: msfotography.net

Action from a women’s league match at the Cottonera Sports Complex. Photo: msfotography.net

The leading teams in the senior championships, organised by the Malta Volleyball Association, maintained their positions after the latest round of matches at the Cottonera Sports Complex.

In the men’s championship, Valletta Mapei and Fleur de Lys Twistees achieved similar 3-1 wins over Aloysians and Mġarr, respectively.

The Citizens started the match against Aloysians on a positive note, taking the first set 25-13.

Soon, they went 2-0 up after winning the second set 25-22.

Aloysians crawled back into the game by taking the third 25-21 but their efforts were not enough to stop Valletta obtaining their seventh win of the season as they wrapped up victory in the next set which they won 25-22.

Fleur de Lys found the going tough against Mġarr, with the latter managing to stay close in most sets.

However, the underdogs committed too many mistakes on the day, particularly when serving, as FDL, who had Darren Bugeja very much in evidence, obtained their fourth win of the season (25-21, 25-17, 25-27, 25-23).

Hibs Paola and Balzan Flyers Crosscraft kept marching on in the women’s Super League.

Although the Flyers were not troubled by Mellieħa Tritones, the Paola girls had to work hard to secure three important points against a very determined Balzan Flyers 2 side.

All seemed plainsailing for Paola after the first set (25-6).

But, the Balzan Flyers 2 players fought back admirably, and, ably led by setter Mariella Zahra, they took the third set 25-21 and stretched their more-quoted opponents to the limit for the rest of the match before conceding defeat.

Balzan are level with Paola at the top of the table after a 3-0 win over Mellieħa (25-21, 25-16, 25-16).

The Mellieħa girls showed their qualities from the service line but found it difficult to stop Balzan’s first team at the net.

Women’s Division One leaders, Playvolley General Membrane and Sliema Wanderers, continued to amass points but third-placed Swieqi Phoenix, who were not in action last weekend, could still push them hard this season.

Playvolley saw off a spirited Birkirkara side 3-0 (25-20, 28-26, 25-16) while the Wanderers were made to work harder than expected by an improved Mġarr side on their way to a 3-1 victory (25-18, 24-26, 25-14, 25-22).

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