SA State League Round 5 - Match Reports

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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.

Round 5 was the first week back after a two-round break for World League and the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Our teams were keen to get back into the swing of things!

League Reserve Men (3-1 vs South Adelaide)

Brad Hocking

A great team match played by the Reserve Men this week. Although the execution of skills was inconsistent, the teamwork and attitude was consistently positive which ultimately lead to the victory.

Honourable mentions to Konrad Pilch for his consistent setting and Dan Slorach for his great performance front and back court. MVP this week goes to Jade Walsh for exposing the weaknesses of the South team and keeping our team alive when losing (helping us come back to win the 4th from 15-4 down).

League Reserve Women (0-3 vs Mt Lofty)

Mark Eldridge and Ming Tan

The Reserve Women had a strong start against an experienced Mt Lofty side this week, leading by 10 points in the first set. Unfortunately the second half saw Mt Lofty improve significantly, and they were able to come back and narrowly take the set. The second set was also close, with the AUVC women showing great determination and leading throughout the majority of the set, but unfortunately we were unable to finish off those last few points and Mt Lofty took the second and third sets.

An honourable mention goes to Phoebe Pado for adapting well to a new role as front court/RHS hitting and blocking sub. MVP for the match goes to Anna Baumgarten for her strong hitting and aggressive serves combined with consistent passing and setting throughout the match.

Division 1 Men A (0-3 vs Mt Lofty)

Jade Walsh

A tough match for the men this week, patches were fantastic, and some were quite poor.  When we played through the middle and served well we did quite well. We dropped a lot of points in a row, most of them coming of our errors on serve receive.

Honourable mentions to Max Davis and Ming Tan for their setting and to Matt Rayner for stepping up our offence when we needed it. MVP goes to Dan Zakeri for his consistent attacks, solid passing and for keeping intensity quite high.

Division 1 Men B (0-3 vs Norwood)

Jade Walsh

The match started quite poorly, losing the first two sets. The guys did a really good job lifting the intensity in the 3rd, but ultimately wasn’t enough to beat the more experienced Norwood team.

MVP goes to Tom Mansfield, he lead from the front, hit and set very well and stay positive and influenced the team In the 3rd to do much better than the previous two sets.

Division 1 Women (1-3 vs USC)

Dan Vincent

The Division 1 Women played against USC Lion this week in a game that showed a lot of promise for our squad. While we had a slow start with USC taking the first set, we finally found some rhythm and managed to take a commanding lead in the second, claiming the set. USC fought back hard and we were unable to keep the same intensity, resulting in us losing the game 3-1. Serve reception proved to be an issue, severely limiting our offensive options. However, adaptability and movement in defence was a highlight, holding up well against a strong USC offense.
 
Honourable mention to Theresa Tung for being a reliable aggressive option at the net and performing well in a variety of roles. MVP for round 5 goes to Kat Karpenko for solid consistency and effectiveness as both a setter, and an attacker.