Last weekend was the first round of SA State League, and the first matches for our brand new mens and womens teams.
We've asked the coach of each team to write up a brief summary of their game. We'll be doing this every round throughout the season so that you can keep up to date with the club's performance.
The team started the season strongly with the first game against the Northern Knights. The Knights ended the game 3-0 victors but every set was close and well fought. Serve reception was much better than in the practice match, which provided a variety of options in offence. Unfortunately, the execution of sets and spikes were not up to the usual standard of this squad which is what ultimately lead to defeat.
In defence, blocking had good moments, but was not as consistent as expected based on the final half of preseason and the practice match. Konrad Pilch and Waley Chan were stars when it came to floor defence. Matt Chan provided the much needed pressure serving and consistent release option to bring us back in the second and third sets.
MVP of the first ever AUVC state league reserves match goes to Konrad Pilch for the much needed and appreciated high quality serve reception.
Division 1 Women
The Division 1 Girls played their long-awaited first game against a solid Norwood team who ended up running away with the chocolates. After slow starts in sets 1 and 2, it was very impressive to see the girls rally and end up winning more points than their opposition both times falling agonisingly short.
The third set was really close with some great serving from Elly Surman and Simone Robertson, and great hitting from Kateryna Karpenko and Theresa Tung, but Norwood took this set and the match 3-0.
A thoroughly impressive performance by our girls, enough to induce the Norwood coach to come over and heap praise on the effort the girls showed. I second his opinion and am excited to see what the future has in store for the girls.
Division 1 Men
The AUVC Division 1 men were defeated by the experienced Henley Hawks 1 side. With a few of our key players away, the team was comprised of many players who had never played in SA State League.
This did not stop the team from making some great plays and at times giving the other team a run for their money. Waley Chan had a good game as libero with some great saves and an impressive pancake, and Dan Emery was effective attacking through the middle, showing that he is a key part of the team.
There is still a lot to improve on, but we have a team with great potential and look forward to seeing how this team will develop.