SA State League: Round 3

This weekend was the third 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.

Reserves Men

Brad Hocking

Round 3 for the reserve men saw them face the 2013 grand finalist, Norwood. We played some good volleyball, only letting them win each set by tight margins.

Blocking was again a strength which was helped by pressure serving. Hitting options were abundant, but we failed at times to capitalize on opportunities.

MVP for round 3 goes to Dan Vincent for providing a consistent hitting option through the middle, which also strengthened opportunities given to the outside hitters.

Division 1 Women

Konrad Pilch

The Division 1 girls played an outstanding game against a tall Northern Knights team. In the first set, it was clear that some of the girls had lifted their games incredibly. Kateryna Karpenko was setting very well in her first start as a setter and Laura Malcolm continued to destroy the attacks of oppositions with strong and well-timed blocks.

On the defensive side Tanuje Fonseka really starred as the Libero, getting to every ball in service reception and making it easier for the setter, while Theresa Tung was playing a very good settling role as a passer-hitter and captain.  

The first set was ours from the first point and was never in danger. The next two sets went similarly with only a minor hiccup in the third when the Knights stole a six point lead midway through the set. Fortunately, all girls were on their A-game with Elly Surman also starring in the pass in the second set and Adriana Wlodarczyk hitting really well in the third.

A 3-0 win for the girls, and the first win for AUVC in State League!

Division 1 Men

Andy Wong

The Division 1 Men played against Mt Lofty 2, unfortunately losing the game in straight sets. Although the boys lost, there were some great improvements when compared to previous games.

It was a slow start to the game, losing the first set, however when the second set came things had changed. It was obvious the team had lifted their performance competing with Mt Lofty point for point for the majority of the last 2 sets with some great hitting from Max Davis and Michael Psalios.

The standout performance was libero Waley Chan, providing a stable backcourt and executing some great defence. The team as a whole looked eager to win points, covering the court well and chasing after loose balls.