DESPERATION: Phantom Dimitrios Vettos lunges for the ball as team-mates Brady King and Josh Gordon watch on. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIWESTERN Phantoms’ men’s reserves team continued to build towards a Volleyball Victoria state league competition finals campaign with a straight sets win on Saturday night.
The Phantoms played Yarra Ranges at St Brigid’s College stadium and recorded a 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 win.
Coach David Berry said his side showed its class in the crucial stages of the match.
“Yarra Ranges didn’t play the closing stages of each set well, where we did,” he said.
Berry was impressed with the support for the Phantoms, who were playing a rescheduled round 11 match.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the support, especially given the Horsham Hornets were playing in basketball finals at the same time,” he said.
“Yarra Ranges were appreciative and spoke kindly about us at the end of the game.”
Tim Ladlow and Chris Radford returned to the Phantoms’ line-up.
Berry said it was important the duo got court time in the lead-up to finals.
“We used all 10 players. Everyone got on the court,” Berry said.
“Tim played well he is a very deceptive player.”
Nick Adamson also returned to the Phantoms team, replacing Jimmy Winzar in the middle blocker role.
The ladder-leaders now have two home and away matches left before finals begin.
In a blow to the side, regular Phantom Tim Eldridge injured his hamstring playing football for Horsham RSL Diggers in the Wimmera Football League on Saturday.
Berry said the injury could prevent Eldridge from qualifying for finals.
The Phantoms’ men’s division two and women’s division two teams both had byes this week.
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