London Lynx Slump In Sheffield

Beth Gunter reports on London Lynx’s continuing freefall after yet another defeat.

London Lynx’s losing streak worsened to four matches after a 3-1 loss against Sheffield Hallam. Since the New Year, they have only registered one win which was back on January 10th.

Lynx started off slowly, losing the first six points of the game. By the first technical time out they were down 8-2 after poor serve receive.

At the business end of the set, Lynx made critical serving mistakes with five consecutive errors that gifted Hallam the first set 18-25.

The second set was similar to the first with too many team errors giving Hallam a five-point lead at 18-13. After some fantastic blocking from the Great Britain Olympian, Dami Bakare, the set finished 18-25 again to Hallam.

Momentum

In the third set, Lynx managed to cut their errors and put pressure onto the well-drilled Hallam side through strong attacks from Taylor Wilson and Yassir Sliti. After winning the set 25-21 the momentum seemed to shift in their favour.

However, after another slow start to the set, Lynx soon found themselves seven points down by the second technical time out. Poor setting choices from Adrian Machowicz and powerful hitting from Ieuan Lamb saw Hallam run away with the lead winning the final set 17-25.

After the loss, serving sub Daniel Schmidtke said he was disappointed with the defeat and admitted that Hallam were the better team:

“We had a massive underperformance which was inconsistent and not great throughout. They were definitely the better team,” said Schimdtke

This latest setback means Lynx could still be in a relegation play-offs position by the end of the season. Currently, Lynx are sitting in sixth position in the league and are heading towards a tough league playoff game against Wessex M1.