SA State League Match Reports: SEMI-FINALS

LEAGUE RESERVE MEN

SOUTH ADELAIDE DEF. AUVC (3-1)

Tough game in the finals for the boys going down in 4 to South. We had really good patches of volleyball, but more than not, a lot of average patches, which really hurt us in the end. South played a good brand of volleyball throughout the game, which our boys could not match on the day. The boys fought hard the whole game but fell just short in the crucial moments. 

Overall the boys had a very up and down season but finished strongly and should be proud of their efforts they have put into this season. Hopefully, we will see bigger and better things for the boys in the years to come.

Honourable mentions for the finals game goes to all the boys for putting up a great fight and an all round awesome effort. MVP goes to Tom Barone for superb passing all game. 

SA State League Match Reports: Round 15

LEAGUE MEN

SOUTH ADELAIDE DEF. AUVC (3-1)

Lm played South for the third time of the season this week. AUVC men were able to match south in serve and serve receive, however, unfortunately, were unable to keep up with South in transition play. Ultimately we lost 3-1.

Hon mentions this week to Alex Rogan and Adam Winter for strong serve receive and defensive control. Mvp to Trent Woodward this week for a consistently strong performance throughout

LEAGUE RESERVE WOMEN

AUVC DEF. HENLEY HAWKS (3-0)

Adelaide University Reserve Women took on Henley for the third time this year. Having come out on top the first 2 meetings we were keen to get the season sweep. 

The first set stayed relatively close, with serving errors from both sides keeping either team from developing much of a lead. AUVC was able to slowly gain a lead and hold it to win the set 25-21.

Second and Third set AUVC came out putting the pressure on Henley with strong serving and outside hitting. The pressure they put on Henley was noticeable and Henley was unable to come up with a defence. AUVC won the 2nd and third set easily 25-15 and 25-10 respectively.

Honourable mention this week goes to Rebecca Larizza for having another strong all around game, with strong service runs, solid defence, and a consistent attack. Our passing was solid this week but didn't allow us to run our middle the way we wanted to. Despite this, Peytan Zanck was able to make a large impact through incredible serving, and solid blocking which is why she gets MVP this week.

LEAGUE RESERVE MEN

AUVC DEF. HENLEY HAWKS (3-1)

A great win against Henley on the weekend. It was a must win game to keep our season alive.

We started off the complete opposite way, struggling to find any momentum or rhythm throughout the set and lost convincingly 25-16. 

But in classic 'US' fashion, we came back really strong in the second set, showing how we play volleyball and winning 25-12. 

The third and the fourth set were very close and went point for point for most of it. But the guys pushed hard when they had to and took both the sets 25-23. Even when the guys were down they never looked like letting Henley get away. 

A solid 3-1 finish to put us into the top 4 with one game left. 

Honourable mention goes to Brodie Jackson for being strong through the middle both blocking and attacking. The MVP for this week goes to Max Davis for stepping up offensively in the crucial part of the game.

DIVISION ONE WOMEN

AUVC DEF. HENLEY HAWKS (3-1)

This week the Div girls took on henley hawks!

The girls pulled together with a strong start to the game, taking the first two sets. However entering the third, unfortunately, we let the Hawks take a set off us. The girls regrouped, and pulled together a strong defence and took the game in the fourth set defeating the hawks 3-1.

This week was super hard picking a MVP because all the girls did a fantastic job! However MVP does go to Tori and Annika. Honourable mention goes to Rachael for a strong offensive game

DIVISION ONE MEN

HENLEY HAWKS DEF. AUVC (3-2)

Div 1 Mens played Henley this week in a tight 5 setter, which we just fell short of taking. We had Roy playing up for Div 2 to fill in as our setter.

The first set did not go well, we were not able to get in a good warm up and as a result Henley took a large lead early on. There was a severe lack of communication on court and we lost the set 25 - 11. This set highlighted how important it us for us to get into the right mindset early on.

The second set we changed up the rotation a bit, getting Alexei to set backcourt alongside Roy. This was probably the best set of the match, with both teams playing at some of the highest level I’ve seen, could be confused with a reserves game. James was playing out of his skin the entire set, being able to win a point off almost every ball set to him.

As the match progressed, Henley took out the 3rd set and we responded by taking the 4th. It was a hard fought match and I could sense that it would end up in a 5 setter. 

We lost the final set 15 - 12, mainly due to a couple of small errors in serve receive and hitting. There were some excellent points though where we scrambled like madmen to get the ball back over, Oscar again showing he is a wizard in the backcourt. Special mention to Matt Rayner for hitting one of the biggest cross court balls I’ve ever seen right on the cross attack line T.

MVP for the match goes to James, he really stepped up his game this week, consistently hitting kills and winning blocks throughout the entire match. Combined with his always consistent passing and defence, he has quickly become a real asset to the team. Honourable mention to Roy for playing a very solid game playing up from Div 2.

DIVISION TWO MEN

AUVC DEF. KENYA D2M (3-0)

The div 2 Men played Kenya this week and won. The lads continue to play really well each week with little breaks due to lack of players. The game began with 5 players on the opposing team which made it confusing for AU but the lads managed to play their own game and come out on top.  

An extraordinary effort from everyone on court. Communicating efficiently and staying positive and supportive of their team mates. MVP goes to Roy this week as he continues to make smart decisions with his setting, incorporating more tips in front court and keeping track of his positioning and of those around him. Special mention goes to Pete for his great tip and block cover.

SA State League Round 16

SATURDAY AUGUST 26TH

League Men
12:30pm- AUVC vs Austral (Mt Lofty / Court 1)
League Reserve Men
9:00am- AUVC vs Mt Lofty (Mt Lofty / Court 1)
League Reserve Women
10:30am- AUVC vs Mt Lofty (Mt Lofty / Court 2)
Division One Women
9:00am- AUVC vs Mt Lofty (Mt Lofty / Court 5)
Division One Men
1:30pm- AUVC vs Mt Lofty (Kensington YMCA/ Court 1)

THURSDAY AUGUST 31ST  

Division Two Men
9:00pm- AUVC vs Flinders Uni (Kensington YMCA / Court 1)

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SA State League Match Reports: Round 14

LEAGUE MEN

USC LION DEF. AUVC (3-1)

AUVC played USC this week and lost 3 sets to 1. AUVC had the potential to win however unfortunately did not play at a high enough level throughout the game to win. Tom Mansfield and Adam Winter had some success with their top spins serves this week however it was not enough to get us over the line. MVP this week to Adam Winter for strong serve and serve receive. Hon. Mentions to Trent Woodward for consistent setting throughout and 0 doubles throughout the game and Alex Rogan for consistent Serve Receive and Defensive leadership throughout the game

LEAGUE RESERVE WOMEN

NORTHERN KNIGHTS DEF. AUVC (3-0)

This round AUVC reserve women took on the Northern Knights. The Knights beat us first round and we were looking to avenge that loss.

In the first set it was a close affair, with AUVC keeping a slim lead through the first part of the game. The knights managed to slowly claw back and take the lead at the end of the set and took it 25-22.

The second set AUVC were looking to have a stronger defensive set and pick up a few more hits to get back into the game. The knights ended up going on a few strong serving runs though that took the early lead and kept in for a 25-17 win.

The third set had a bit of a collapse for AUVC, allowing the Knights to go on multiple large service runs. The knights took the set easily 25-12.

Unfortunately, AUVC was not able to take this second meeting with the Knights and had a bit of a collapse at the end, for not our best showing. Honourable mention goes to Josie Campbell for made a lot of sets work despite our poor passing. MVP goes to Chloe Emery who filled in admirable at Middle, getting outside for blocks and having a solid transition offence as well.

LEAGUE RESERVE MEN

AUVC DEF. NORTHERN KNIGHTS (3-0)

A convince win in three against the Knights. We were expecting a very scrappy game and went out there making sure not to get sucked into that type of volleyball by the knights. The first set we did not play the volleyball we set out to play and got drawn in to the knights style of volleyball. We scrapped away to take the first set in a very unconvincing 27-25. Disappointed by our performance, the guys knew they would have to step it up and play our own standard of volleyball to take this game in a convincing manner. They did just that taking the next two sets quite easy, 25-12 in the second and even when the knights played some very good defence, we still took the set 25-21.

A shaky start, but solid 3-0 finish, which is very helpful as we sit in 5th place now just outside the top 4 to play finals. 

Honourable mention goes to Oscar Harper for great presence at the net. The MVP for this week goes to Jade Walsh for solid offence throughout the game.

DIVISION ONE WOMEN

AUVC DEF. NORTHERN KNIGHTS (3-0)

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DIVISION ONE MEN

AUVC DEF. NORTHERN KNIGHTS (3-1)

The Div 1 team faced off against Knights this week at Kensington. We had beaten them in the past and headed into the match confident that we would win. Our focus starting off was to play our game and not let ourselves down in passing and defence.

We were able to take the first 2 sets quite easily. We played this week without a Libero so our middles Dan and Brad were required to pass and play defence the game. We were able to beat the Knights almost every time at the net with our much stronger offence and blocking. Kris was again working very well with Matt, whose back and front court runs are becoming a real asset to the team.

The 3rd set we made a few changes to the rotation, and a few stretches of complacency let Knights get ahead and take the set. However the 4th and final set we put our foot down and won with a convincing lead. It was unfortunate that we let a set slip by us as we knew we were able to win in 3, however generally the team played very well together. This week was an opportunity for our hitters to try some new things, there were a few excellent combos organised by Alexei and some great runs through the middle.

MVP this week goes to Alexei, whose consistent hitting has been unparalleled the entire season. Honourable mentions to Dan Emery and Brad who were required to play backcourt for the first time this season and who both passed excellently. A very dishonourable mention to Matt Rayner who for some reason, after Knights had looped a ball very obviously out of court, and after hearing me scream “out” about 1m away from him on the sidelines, decided to run over and very deliberately smack the ball into the wall. The next few weeks we’ll be running some drills that target “thinking”.

DIVISION TWO MEN (ROUND 13)

NORTHERN KNIGHTS DEF. AUVC (2-0)

The div 2 Men played Knights this week and unfortunately lost. The lads continue to play really well each week with little breaks due to lack of players. We started off with Winston and Monty in middles and Pete in opposite. It became evident that everyone was uncomfortable with the change of routine so next set Pete went back to middles and the intensity of the game lifted.

An extraordinary effort from everyone on court. Communicating efficiently and staying positive and supportive of their team mates. This week, MVP goes to Leon this week as he had a very consistent pass and serve and he was making every effort to effectively and offensively use the ball every opportunity he got. Special mentions to Pete for playing opposite like a pro and Monty for stepping up and taking control of the back court.

SA State League Round 15

SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH

League Men
2:00pm- AUVC vs South Adelaide (Mt Lofty / Court 2)
League Reserve Men
9:00am- AUVC vs Henley Hawks (Mt Lofty / Court 2)
League Reserve Women
10:30am- AUVC vs  Henley Hawks (Mt Lofty / Court 1)
Division One Men
10:30am- AUVC vs Henley Hawks (Mt Lofty/ Court 5)
Division One Women
3:00pm- AUVC vs Henley Hawks (Kensington YMCA / Court 1)

THURSDAY AUGUST 17TH (ROUND 14)

Division Two Men
6:20pm- AUVC vs Kenya D2M (Kensington YMCA / Court 1)

THURSDAY AUGUST 24TH (ROUND 15)

Division Two Men
6:20pm- AUVC vs Strikers D2M (Kensington YMCA / Court 1)

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