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Elphin lose out in Junior Cup Semifinal

Elphin Community College lost out to Drumshanbo Vocational school in the semifinal of this years

volleyball, junior boys cup competition held in the University of Limerick last Thursday. Having been beaten by the Leitrim outfit in a previous round Elphin knew they would find it a difficult task to overcome them.

To their credit this was a close match with the outcome in doubt all the way through the contest. The match opened with both teams trading scores. It was obvious early on that Elphin were much more resilient that in previous rounds. When Drumshabo opened up a 5 point lead Elphin responded immediately with a run of fantastic serves from Dedan Main. With  Sam Rodden blocking at the net and the team covering well around the court Elphin kept the scores tight at 15-15, and 17-19. However at 18-20 a run of serves from Drumshanbo without response ended their fight in the first set.

The team came out for the second set in a determined frame of mind. They knew that they had let the first set slip. But with a run of poor serves they allowed Drumshanbo to open up an early lead at 7-4. Despite this they were playing well with Andrew Shanahan and Alan Gormley in particular covering large areas of the court. When D. Main brought the sides level again at 9-9 the game opened up with several great rallies. The sides traded scores with Colin Burke and Henry Dowd setting perfectly for Sam Rodden to try and open up Drumshanbo.. Drumshanbo then went two points up at 19-17 but Elphin responded again to take the game to 20-19 in their favour. The turning point was at 21-21 when after a rally that had nearly forty touches, Drumshanbo forced Elphin into an error. A time out was called to settle the nerves after a classic rally. Elphin through Sam Rodden again responded to leave the sides 22-23 but Drumshanbo just had the edge in a gripping match and closed out the set and match 25-22.

The Leitrim outfit went on to win the final, leaving the Roscommon school with thoughts of how close they came. Their is plenty of hope for the future however and with further improvements on their performance anything is possible.

Team as follows:

Colin Burke, Henry Dowd, Sam Rodden, Alan Gormley, Andrew Shanahan, Declan Main, Evan Gunn.

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