Georgios Tsagakis was full of praise for his side after their straight-sets win over Lancaster on Wednesday. But the Men’s Volleyball captain expects his side to be “more mature” if they are to compete for promotion.

Sunderland defeated Lancaster 25-18, 25-22, 26-24 to claim their second win of the season and move up to fourth place in the Northern 2B division.

Tsagakis, speaking with SportsByte after the game, was happy with the “expected” win.

“We did a good job,” said Sunderland’s captain.

“We were mostly focused and didn’t make too many mistakes. We knew the team was not at the same level as us, so our goal was to win and we did.

“Ryan (Yuk) had a very good game, one of his best. Our middle players worked hard in the final set to see out the game comfortably.”

The second set of Wednesday’s game at CitySpace was a crucial one. Sunderland looked to be cruising at 14-5 up, with Lancaster’s frustrations noticeably getting the better of them.

However, Lancaster won the game’s next point to restore some belief and from there, Lancaster won nine consecutive points to level the scores.

“The truth is we underestimated them,” admitted Tsagakis.

“We relaxed. That’s where you can see that we’re not that mature.

“Our guys, myself as well, felt it was easy at that point and then they came back. We had a lead of nine points and then they were equal.

“I told the team that the match wasn’t over and to concentrate again. Thankfully we did and we took the second set.

“When you get out there you have to give 100% for every point.”

Sunderland’s team has several new players involved this year, and no doubt the experience and maturity will improve as the side plays more matches together. Tsagakis feels that will be vital if Sunderland are to win promotion again.

“My target was to get promotion this season as well, but we’re not quite there at the moment.

“In some games we’ve lost by scores that were really close, like the 3-2 against Teesside.

“We could’ve won those games but we aren’t mature enough yet.”

Sunderland are at CitySpace again this Wednesday as they take on Durham 2nds in the Northern Conference Cup.