SVL 2014 Round 2 Update

A tougher day for the club in round 2. Plus a div 1 women’s derby.

Honours Men Black went down in 5 to UNSW
Honours Men White went down 3:0 to Sydney Uni
Honours Women went down in 5 to UNSW
Div 1 Men went down 3:1 to Dragons
Cougars & Cubs beat the Div 1 UTS Women 3:1
Div 2 women won 3:1 over Sydney North
Div 1 Women UTS SS won 3:0 over Illawarra
19 Men went down 3:0 to Sydney West K
19 Women SS 4 went down 3:0 to Sydney North
19 Women SS 5 went down 3:0 to UNSW
16 Women UTS SS 7 beat SS 8 3:0
16 Women UTS SS 6 beat SS 5 3:0

Full results for the round can be found here:

Honours Women (from Wendy)
Round 2 was disappointing we lost 3-2 against UNSW. We started off poorly, just could not pass a ball or get any sort of rhythm. We struggled in the first set which we lost 25- 15, had trouble siding out. After good pep talk from the coach girls started playing own game. Good consistency of passing really helped a lot to utilize our team height in front court. We had some good hitting through the middle and outside / universal hitters. Sticking to our game plan is all we needed, to boost the girls spirit. Fourth set we started off a bit shaky once again, better passing but the hitters couldn’t not finish the point as UNSW defense were unstoppable. Few highlights from that set great pick up by Caroline, which caused an overpass for me to crank the ball in the 3 meter line. Awesome hits from the outside hitters. Unfortunately we lost the 4th set, which took us to fifth set.
Fifth set we lost concentration with too many errors and we managed to come back at the last couple of points. By then it was too late we had lost the game. Our main focus for the next round we need to start stronger as a team and also remember to move our feet.

Div 1 Women Cougars & Cubs ( from Jo)
Cougar and Cubs faced the might of Keith Suckling’s “training” div 1 team at round 2 of SVL on Sunday. After a little bit of trash talk through the week on facebook (and no, not from myself and Sucky), it was time to see what each team had and who would come out on top.
The first 2 sets saw us punish the training UTS team with strong serving, accurate passing and smart hitting/tipping options from the Cougars and Cubs. Before we knew it we were up 2 sets to nil, winning 25-16, 25-15.
Coach Sucky must of said some stern words between sets to his team, as the 3rd set saw an improvement from his team, especially in serving and defense and we lost that set in a very close one 24-26.
The 4th set was also extremely close and could of gone either way, but the experience of the Cougars and the strength in blocking and hitting from our middle ‘cub’ hitters proved to be the difference, winning this set and the match 25-23 in 4 sets.
So, 2 wins from 2 games and the “non training” Cougars & Cubs are off to a flying start to the SVL season!
Oh & shots tally is
Jo – 1
Yoshi – 1

Div 1 Women (from Sucke)
Our team had a relatively slow start in this game and dropped the first 2 sets to the Cougars & Cubs fairly quickly & cheaply.  Set 3 saw us start to put some of the things we have worked on into practice and we produced some really good volleyball, which we then continued with into the 4th set.  While we did eventually go down in 4, we were really happy with our play for the second half of the game and we know that we can still get better. Hopefully that training advantage will kick in next time around.

Junior Boys (From George & Clara)
This week our Div 2 Men had a bye, whilst our U19’s had another early start, due to a duty at 9am. The U19’s played against a much taller SWV-Khalsa and although we did a lot of scrambling in the back court, we weren’t able to keep up with them when it mattered. Many thanks to Deb and Nam for our brand new uniforms, our boys look great on court and are wearing them very proudly!
UTS-U19M def by SWV-Khalsa, 20:25, 23:25, 14:25

UTS U19 Junior Boys Team (with a few fill-ins from the Div 2 team)
UTS U19 Junior Boys Team (with a few fill-ins from the Div 2 team)

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