State League Round 3 - Match Reports

Each week of the 2015 season, the AUVC's State League coaches will be providing a brief match report for the day's play, as well as the most valuable player from their team.

Another difficult round for the AUVC, with three games going to 5-sets but none of our teams managing to come away with a win. Once again all of our teams showed some impressive improvement, and we can't wait to see how they perform by the end of season!

League Reserve Men

Brad Hocking and Connie Rowe

A close match this week against the Henley Hawks. We played well but were unable to perform at our best for more than 1 set and didn’t take full advantage of Henley’s weaknesses. Lack of defensive structure and transition communication was apparent and will be a focus in the weeks to come.

Honourable mentions go to Konrad Pilch for his consistent setting and Brodie McDougall for his all round consistent performance. MVP for Round 3 goes to George Sainsbury for maintaining a strong presence in the middle and performing well on the outside when moved.

League Reserve Women

Mark Eldridge and Ming Tan

Round 3 had the AUVC Reserve Women playing against the Northern Knights. After leading 2-1 in the forth set, the Knights managed to fight back and take the set, equalising the scores to 2-2. The fifth set was very close, but unfortunately the AUVC couldn't manage to finish off points with their attack, and the Knights managed to take the game with a close 17-15 finish.

Overall it was a frustrating loss, but one that the team will learn from and use as motivation for training this week! Round 4 has the girls playing against Austral, and I look forward to seeing some of the lessons from this round applied to our subsequent games.

An honourable mention goes to Libero Elly Surman, for some impressive scrambling in the back court and managing to save a number of high-pressure points. MVP for Round 3 goes to Rebecca Larizza, for strong blocking and making herself the go-to hitting option for the majority of the match.

Division 1 Men A

Brad Hocking and Connie Rowe

The Division A Men lost two close matches this week, which was a disappointing result. The team played well but was simply not good enough where it counted. Lack of communication and intensity can be blamed for the sets that went down.

Honourable mention this week goes to Matt Chan for his back court intensity and Dan Zakeri for his front court dominance. MVP for round 3 goes to Max Davis for consistent passing and effective attack.

Division 1 Men B

Brad Hocking and Connie Rowe

The Division B Men stepped up their efforts again this week facing the unbeaten South Adelaide. It was a tough match against the hard hitting South but the team managed to keep intensity high and went point for point for a lot of the match.

Honourable mentions go to Halim Darwish for his always dependable passing and to Simon Pratt for his defensive efforts against the strong South Adelaide attack. MVP for round 3 again goes to Tom Mansfield for excellent all round game, especially in the role of captain.

Division 1 Women

Dan Vincent and Mark Eldridge

The Division 1 women played against Austral this week in a nail-biting 5 set game. From the start we came out firing with intensity, determination, and morale at an all-time high, allowing us to claim the first 2 sets. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite maintain the high level of intensity and serving consistency that we delivered in the first 2 sets, leaving the door open for an Austral comeback. This resulted in us eventually losing the game 2-3.

Everyone in the team really lifted and rose to the challenge this week, delivering a great performance that was exciting to watch. Honourable mentions to Simone Robertson for her outstanding work in defence, and to Phoebe Pado, who proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the net. MVP for round 3 goes to the captain, Theresa Tung for her solid defence, being a reliable, aggressive option at the net, and her displays of strong leadership throughout the game.