August 20, 2013
18th August 2013…week 8 of Sydney Volleyball League. Only 2 weeks to go before finals.
Womens Div 2 (from Verena)
It was a wonderful winter Sunday on which the whole division 2 team showed up in time at the Olympic Park (;-)). The big squad this week was happy to welcome back healed Dani (super-libero) and to be supported by secret weapon Clara.
Being warmed up easily at these high temperatures, the team had a good start in the first set against the eagles. Lou showed brilliant setting which led to good spikes at the beginning. During the mid of the game however, the team lost a bit rhythm and struggled especially in the defence. At this point, everyone was happy that Clara was playing for div 2 this week. Her consistent save serving (also at times at some upper body parts of the opponents) brought the team back into the game. Back on track a group effort resulted in winning the first set with 25:22.
The second set was quicker and due to a good routine the team was able to demonstrate its dominance. We could see some great setting (Lou) and amazing spiking from our player of the day, master-middle Bryony. Not just A’s and B’s and C’s, but also some great slides were successfully hit to the opponent who just could not cope with such wonderful playing. Weakened by this attack, the eagles were even more struggling as our Italian Clooodia started serving some great stuff and Clara showed some nice cross spiking.
The third set started without Lou, but with Verena as setter, who maybe did not have her best day on Sunday (not sure whether this had something to do with her night activities this weekend ;-)). The team seemed out of their routine and lost a few of points due to misunderstandings between defenders and between the setter and attackers. Fallen behind a few points, coach Deb subbed Lou back in the game which brought more composure and led to the team being able to show again their superiority. A tight finish (20:20 at one point) was straining every nerves of the players + coach and it was due to great serving and keeping their cool that the team won the third set and thus the game in 3:0.
August 15, 2013
11th August was week 7 of SVL 2013 and a key week for MH with the end of round robin games and the split into top & bottom 4. There was also the long awaited Black vs White game…
There were plenty of other interesting games as well though…
(For the record the Men’s Honours Black team won the game against the White team 3:0)
Womens Division 1 Update (from Claire)
Sunday the 11th was quite a ‘thrilling’ day for our Division one UTS girls. With Illawara only bringing 5 players to the court after the first whistle blew gave us the option to forfeit. Only seconds later there sixth player came to the court and it the team decided to go ahead with the game and win it the proper way!
The first set the team started strong…which is different as it usually takes a while. Although our next two sets weren’t as strong and our passing/communication efforts as a whole dropped, both setters really made the effort to get to every ball and their sets were awesome! Serving was also fairly positive, especially Jo not even giving Illawara a chance to get the ball back over the net over for about 6/7 points. Our team ended up winning 3-0 quite convincingly. It was quite a cruisey game but everyone was happy that we beat them fair and square!
August 5, 2013
The Women’s Honours have had a promising start to the season, winning 3 of 5 in the first round robin. The Cedars and Manly proved to be unsuccessful challenges however in the words of coach Nam, “Dragons slayed, lions tamed and whales were culled”, we beat Hills, Sydney Uni and UNSW. Beginning the second round robin, we were again unsuccessful in beating the Sydney Cedars which was frustrating in considering our high intensity training sessions. Losing 3-0, it was not our best game. Bringing the internationals in, Summer has come all the way from America to join the team and has been a great addition! Whilst poor Lily is out for a couple of weeks due to injury. Despite some setbacks we will continue to work on our game, bringing our skills from training into game play. We are continuing to push the ball to the net to run quick attacks which has been a great improvement. However being such a tight team off court, it is a comparatively quiet game so we must work on our talk and motivation on court as well as a desire to win!