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.
The Reserves men played Henley this week. They struggled to get moving and ended up losing in 3. There were certainly periods of great volleyball, but winning half a set doesn't count for much in the end. Major contributing factor to the defeat was the lack of pressure applied in offence, giving the Hawks the opportunity return the ball with a variety of options. MVP this week goes to Konrad who was dynamic in both playing and coordinating the back court.
Division 1 Women
Mark Eldridge (filling in for Konrad Pilch)
The women had a tough game against an experienced Henley side, losing the first set to some strong serving from the Hawks. Despite this, the team made solid improvements in many critical aspects of their gameplay, and rallied to win the second set 26-24 with strong hitting and some excellent back court work by Libero (and MVP) Elly Surman.
Unfortunately, Henley recovered to take the third and fourth sets, with more tough serving making it difficult to set up an effective attack.
It's fantastic to see the improvement the girls has made over the season, and I look forward to seeing more of their games in the future.
Division 1 Men
The Division 1 men played Northern Knights on the weekend. They got off to a hot start and developed a large 7 point lead that they would maintain to win the first set by 4 points. The second set also started off strongly, but a lot of errors allowed the Knights to get back into the game and take the second set convincingly.
The 3rd and 4th sets were a lot closer but the unforced errors continued resulting in the team going down in 4. Whilst the div men missed out on an opportunity for another win, there are good signs for the future. With a few adjustments and improved consistency in the team, the div men should continue competing for wins in the coming weeks.