This weekend was the second round of SA State League. We've asked the coach of each of our three teams to write up a brief summary of their game.
We'll be posting these summaries each round throughout the season so that you can keep up to date with the club's performance.
In the absence of the coach/setter Bradley and our star opposite Pedro, the Reserves Men team was reorganised and players took on new roles. Players needed a large part of the first set to adjust to their new positions, but by the 2nd set, we were closely competing with South and almost took the set.
Unfortunately starting the 3rd set off on the wrong foot and not being able to keep up with the tempo of the other team, eventually led to us losing the set and the game. Although disappointed with the loss, the men are motivated and eager to take on Norwood with a full squad after the 2 week break.
Division 1 Women
Buoyed by their stellar performance last week, the AUVC girls faced off against the other Norwood team with confidence and thirst for glory. Behind some brilliant net pressure and blocking by Laura Malcolm and Phoebe Pado, the girls stormed home to their first set win—and the first set won by AUVC in State League thus far.
Norwood recovered and won the next three sets and the game 3-1. Credit goes to the resilience of our girls as they rallied well in both the second and third sets after slow starts and nearly won the fourth set. Special mention goes to Laura Malcolm (for her blocking), Kateryna Karpenko (who served very well) and Adriana Wlodarczyk (whose setting is becoming an important asset to the team).
Division 1 Men
The division 1 men played USC Lion, and knew going into it that they would need to try to keep the focus on ending the point quickly. Right from the start they managed to keep the blocks up and put lots of pressure on the opposing hitters, which led to them hitting out or tipping the ball. Though it ended up being a 3-0 loss for our side I believe that our guys showed a massive improvement on last weeks game and started to show what they could do as a team.