Problems mount for the East London volleyball outfit, as Beth Gunter reports.
London Lynx extended their losing streak to four matches after a 3-1 loss against Sheffield Hallam. Since New Year they have only registered one win 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, this 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 fantastic blocking from the Great Britain Olympian, Dami Bakare, the set finished 18-25 to Hallam.
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, “We had a massive underperformance which was inconsistent and not great throughout. They were definitely the better team.”
There are many reasons behind the slowly failing Lynx team, but after failing to register a win this weekend they could still be in relegation play offs by the end of the season. Currently sitting in sixth position in the league they are looking at a tough league play-off game against Wessex M1.